Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Science Fiction » Reviews » Steal Across the Sky: A book by Nancy Kress

Steal Across the Sky: A book by Nancy Kress

2 Ratings: 2.5
What Did the Atoners Do to Humanity?
1 review about Steal Across the Sky: A book by Nancy Kress

Travel with Witnesses to Other Planets to Learn What Was Taken From Humanity

  • Sep 21, 2009
  • by

This book starts out like a dynamo and then fizzles about halfway through.  A group of individuals are selected by aliens called “the Atoners” to travel to other planets in the Universe to act as witnesses for the Earth.  Apparently, the Atoners had visited Earth several thousand years ago and had done something to humanity.  The witnesses will be able to determine exactly what happened by visiting these remote planets.


The first half of the book focuses on three individuals; Cam, Lucca and Soledad.  Cam and Lucca visited two sister planets while Soledad guides them from space.  Lucca’s planet seems to be inhabited by a bunch of wandering nomads, while Cam happens on a warlike planet.  Lucca is injured in his landing and the nomads take him with them as part of their group.  Meanwhile an evil king wants Cam dead and sends his emissary, Aveo to capture her.  Cam and Lucca’s tales are highly intriguing and I could have given the book five stars.  However, once they learn what the Atoners had done, the second half of the book focuses on the three on Earth after they have returned months later.  The author then introduces another of the witnesses, Frank, who is on a religious mission to make the Atoners give back to mankind what they had stolen.


The second half of the book drags and has none of the real intrigue of the first half.  Even with the author interspersed cute advertisements from the future and other little tidbits like memos from the President, the book is not saved from being painfully difficult to finish.  By the time the  ultimate resolution with the Atoners is reached the reader doesn’t care anymore.


A better book would have been to expand the tale of Cam and Lucca on their respective planets and possibly rewrite the second half of the book as a sequel.

Steal Across the Sky

What did you think of this review?

Fun to Read
Post a Comment
What's your opinion on Steal Across the Sky: A book by Nancy Kr...?
2 Ratings: +2.5
You have exceeded the maximum length.
Steal Across the Sky
Related Topics
The Antares Trilogy

A science fiction trilogy by Michael McCollum

The Precipice a novel by Ben Bova

Science Fiction about Space Travel

Ender's Game Gift Edition

A book by Orson Scott Card

© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since