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Starfish (Rifters Trilogy) by Peter Watts
Cover Artist: Bruce Jensen
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765315960
Date: 29 April 2008 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Peter Watt's 1999 debut novel came out to strong reviews and midlist performance. Now it's back in print, this time in Trade Paperback, and his later writing has shown that he's only gotten better over time. If you didn't pick up Starfish the first time around, this is a good time to begin reading Watts from the start. I guarantee that he's going places you haven't been before.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Civilization rests on the backs of its outcasts. So when civilization needs someone to run generating stations three kilometers below the surface of the Pacific, it seeks out a special sort of person for its Rifters program. It recruits those whose histories have preadapted them to dangerous environments, people so used to broken bodies and chronic stress that life on the edge of an undersea volcano would actually be a step up. Nobody worries too much about job satisfaction; if you haven't spent a lifetime learning the futility of fighting back, you wouldn't be a rifter in the first place. It's a small price to keep the lights going, back on shore.

But there are things among the cliffs and trenches of the Juan de Fuca Ridge that no one expected to find, and enough pressure can forge the most obedient career-victim into something made of iron. At first, not even the rifters know what they have in them—and by the time anyone else finds out, the outcast and the downtrodden have their hands on a kill switch for the whole damn planet...

(Source: Tor Books)

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