Noumenon Ultra (Noumenon #3)
Deep in the heart of an alien mountain range, ICC. has lain dormant, its ships silent, for eons. Now, after one hundred thousand years, the AI is awakening. Someone is roaming the convoy's halls, someone that isn't human.This planet, Noumenon, created by the megastructure known as the Web, is too young and brutal to have evolved intelligent life. Its surface is bombarded by unusual meteors. Crystal trees abruptly and violently arise from its bedrock. Its solar system is surrounded by a frightening space-time anomaly. So where did these visitors come from? What do they want? And do the people of Earth, whose ancestors launched Convoy Seven, know they are here?ICC reaches out to the descendants of its convoy crew to help decipher this primordial riddle. Noumenon was created and seeded by ancient aliens, and clearly their plans for it are unfinished. Together, the AI, the new lifeforms who have awakened it, and the humans will embark on an epic adventure of discovery billions of years in the making.

Noumenon Ultra (Noumenon #3) Details

TitleNoumenon Ultra (Noumenon #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 18th, 2020
PublisherHarper Voyager
ISBN-139780062895721
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction

Noumenon Ultra (Noumenon #3) Review

  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    From the first book in the series, we had generational starcraft in a convoy, learning to survive through tragedies and several huge discoveries.In the second book, we get a significant upgrade and a new mission to the stars, really laying out the foundation for inclusiveness among our own branches of humanity. The feeling gets significantly epic and quite interesting and it doesn't go quite the way the traditional space-operas.And then we're lead to this third book in the trilogy, really taking From the first book in the series, we had generational starcraft in a convoy, learning to survive through tragedies and several huge discoveries.In the second book, we get a significant upgrade and a new mission to the stars, really laying out the foundation for inclusiveness among our own branches of humanity. The feeling gets significantly epic and quite interesting and it doesn't go quite the way the traditional space-operas.And then we're lead to this third book in the trilogy, really taking Noumenon, the convoy, to new heights... but first we must get from A to B. And this is where the novel really shines.We cover a hundred thousand years of humanity ... and more. I'm getting this shiver and a flashback to some old-school Olaf Stapledon. So many steps are covered, including effective immortality, to let us follow our favorite characters. Including, I might add, a certain little environmental control unit.I give this five stars for future history and the commentary on inclusiveness.I give this three stars for a slightly faltering thread of conflict. If this was a straight history, I probably wouldn't even think twice about it, and compared to most modern space operas, it's positively refreshing by how it doesn't rely on standard tropes. But still, I did expect something a little more.The worldbuilding absolutely shone, however. I totally recommend this for people wanting a truly ambitious yarn.
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  • Karen’s Library
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re looking for an epic hard sci-fi series that will make your brain hurt (in a good way), look no further. If you haven’t read Noumenon or Noumenon Infinity, you really need to read those first. If not, spoilers ahead.The author continues this book in the same format as the first two, interspersing POVs from both convoys 7 and 12 characters along with POVs from I.C.C. (the AI) and post-humans (technically convoy 7).Between the hardcore science and some gender pronouns, (the alien who iden If you’re looking for an epic hard sci-fi series that will make your brain hurt (in a good way), look no further. If you haven’t read Noumenon or Noumenon Infinity, you really need to read those first. If not, spoilers ahead.The author continues this book in the same format as the first two, interspersing POVs from both convoys 7 and 12 characters along with POVs from I.C.C. (the AI) and post-humans (technically convoy 7).Between the hardcore science and some gender pronouns, (the alien who identified as a she becomes a she/they) my mind exploded a few times. In this book, it felt like the author would have wild dreams and wake up and decide to use whatever she found within her dream to add another new CRAZY element into her storyline. What a wild ride Lostetter gave us. To be honest, I did get lost a few times with the science and distinguishing betweeen some of the characters (especially the chapter where two they/them post humans were speaking to each other and no names were used). I did like how she ended this series. Now I’m curious as to what happens next to the immortals and what they find.The time span of this book is eons and eons. 80,000 years goes by in just a few chapters. That’s just so mind boggling to me. All in all, this series was an extremely interesting premise with exceptional world building and I honestly couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. *Thank you so much to NetGalley and Harper Voyager for the advance copy!*
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  • Joe Crowe
    January 1, 1970
    Welp. This one blew my mind. You're going to need to read the first two in this series, but that's a feature, not a bug -- there is so much in-depth science fictional work going on here that you will need the first two fresh in your brain before attempting to wrap your head around this one. Again, some stories don't blow your mind or even attempt to perform cranial combustion to any extent, but here we are. Author Marina J. Lostetter goes for it, and you will love it.
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  • Anneke
    January 1, 1970
    Book Review: Noumenon UltraAuthor: Marina J. LostetterPublisher: HarperCollins Publisher/Harper VoyagerPublication Date: August 18, 2020Review Date: July 16, 2020I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the blurb:The mind-expanding journey that began with Noumenon and Noumenon Infinity continues in this wondrous mosaic tale of deep space exploration, adventure, and humanity that blends the awe, science, and speculative imagination of Arthur C. Cla Book Review: Noumenon UltraAuthor: Marina J. LostetterPublisher: HarperCollins Publisher/Harper VoyagerPublication Date: August 18, 2020Review Date: July 16, 2020I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the blurb:The mind-expanding journey that began with Noumenon and Noumenon Infinity continues in this wondrous mosaic tale of deep space exploration, adventure, and humanity that blends the awe, science, and speculative imagination of Arthur C. Clarke, Neal Stephenson, and Octavia Butler.Deep in the heart of an alien mountain range, I.C.C. has lain dormant, its ships silent, for eons. Now, after one hundred thousand years, the AI is awakening. Someone is roaming the convoy's halls—someone that isn't human.This planet, Noumenon—created by the megastructure known as the Web—is too young and brutal to have evolved intelligent life. Its surface is bombarded by unusual meteors. Crystal trees abruptly and violently arise from its bedrock. Its solar system is surrounded by a frightening space-time anomaly. So where did these visitors come from? What do they want? And do the people of Earth, whose ancestors launched Convoy Seven, know they are here? I.C.C. reaches out to the descendants of its convoy crew to help decipher this primordial riddle. Noumenon was created and seeded by ancient aliens, and clearly their plans for it are unfinished. Together, the AI, the new lifeforms who have awakened it, and the humans will embark on an epic adventure of discovery billions of years in the making. Wow! This is absolutely phenomenal science fiction. Before I started Ultra, I went back and read books 1 and 2 of the trilogy first. It’s now July 16th, and I’ve been reading this series since June 28th! These are long books. But well worth the time and effort. I say effort, because this is not light, easy reading. The author has created so many different, strange worlds and beings that are outside the realm of the usual space opera. Very interesting concepts. I have enjoyed every bit of it. This is up there with the best of sci fi. Like Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos. Like Ken Liu’s worlds. The author has taken the same characters through the three books, showing their evolution over millennia. And the most important character, I.C.C., the inter-convoy computer AI that runs the convoy and is involved with all the characters over the centuries that move through space. The settings are mind-boggling; the creativity overall is exceptional. If you love science fiction this is a must read. And I strongly encourage you to read the whole trilogy because honestly I think you’d be lost if you didn’t. Part of the challenge of this book and this series is the back and forth in time, and the changes that take place. This series spans over 100,000 years!!So many interesting, fascinating things about this book and series, really, just dive in and get lost in it. Thank you to HarperCollins for allowing me early access to this book, and for introducing me to this exceptional author. And best of luck to Marina Lostetter.I see that she has a number of other books, and I can’t wait to read them as well. This review will be posted on NetGalley, Goodreads and Amazon. #netgalley #harpercollins #noumenon #marinlostetter #sciencefiction
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Harper Voyager and Edelweiss for the ARC.I put this book down feeling quite moved, and certainly like it was a well-rounded, emotionally satisfying conclusion to the Noumenon trilogy. However, at times it was a bit of a struggle (on my part) to get there – this is a book which is very ambitious in scope, and really builds on all that has come before. In the case of the Noumenon series, of course, "all that has come before" covers hundreds of thousands of years. It takes until about a q Thanks to Harper Voyager and Edelweiss for the ARC.I put this book down feeling quite moved, and certainly like it was a well-rounded, emotionally satisfying conclusion to the Noumenon trilogy. However, at times it was a bit of a struggle (on my part) to get there – this is a book which is very ambitious in scope, and really builds on all that has come before. In the case of the Noumenon series, of course, "all that has come before" covers hundreds of thousands of years. It takes until about a quarter of the way through before there’s any interaction between sentient beings – and perhaps in the current climate, that was harder to handle than usual. There's also a lot of exposition - the world building is so dense, and it's of such high quality, but I sometimes felt like I needed more of an emotional connection. That said, these issues are there for a reason – it’s because the reading process sometimes pushed me that I felt so gratified at the end. Certainly by the half-way point, I was awestruck by this book – I’m keen both to re-read the whole trilogy once I’m in a better headspace, and to see what Marina J. Lostetter creates next.
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  • Steve Gold
    January 1, 1970
    Tremendous. Every time Lostetter has put out a Noumenon sequel, I wonder how she can follow the last. Somehow, the last in the trilogy is as mind-warping as the first two books (if not more so), and keeps the deep-time storytelling going without feeling like a repeat. I admire Lostetter’s craft so much. She juggles a huge cast, over a vast period of time, with many scientific concepts and story details all entangled. Her judgment about what to include and what to omit and leave to the imaginatio Tremendous. Every time Lostetter has put out a Noumenon sequel, I wonder how she can follow the last. Somehow, the last in the trilogy is as mind-warping as the first two books (if not more so), and keeps the deep-time storytelling going without feeling like a repeat. I admire Lostetter’s craft so much. She juggles a huge cast, over a vast period of time, with many scientific concepts and story details all entangled. Her judgment about what to include and what to omit and leave to the imagination, and how to step from one chapter to the next, is extraordinary. I never felt lost. When scientific terms went over my head, the intent and implications were always clear. It’s so good. With the first book, I was skeptical about moving to a new point of view with each chapter. This time I trusted Lostetter to do her thing. Introducing a character, giving them a compelling story, and providing some sort of resolution within one chapter probably shouldn’t work, but it does in this series. Each chapter has heart, shrewd insight into human nature, and at least one bananas idea that both surprises and makes you eager for what’s coming next. And it all fits together into a whole.In the hands of a less capable writer, Ultra’s story could have easily been a 1,500-page brick. Instead it feels huge in scope, but also tight and controlled. It’s full of small, intimate, human moments while the overall plot races forward. And it always feels like the focus is exactly where it needs to be, moment to moment. Sometimes a series loses its footing and I quit before the end. I think anyone who came back for Infinity and had a good time will find this conclusion rewarding.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    I have been there since day one when the first Noumenon book was announced on Goodreads. I remember reading the summary and seeing reviews linking it to Seveneves by Neal Stephenson and I was immediately sold. Noumenon sucked me into an exciting adventure and I found myself treasuring it and shoving it into everyone’s face and screaming “READ THIS NOW”.Looking back, I cant believe all the events that have unfolded since the infamous “big dumb object” was first discussed and the life changing mis I have been there since day one when the first Noumenon book was announced on Goodreads. I remember reading the summary and seeing reviews linking it to Seveneves by Neal Stephenson and I was immediately sold. Noumenon sucked me into an exciting adventure and I found myself treasuring it and shoving it into everyone’s face and screaming “READ THIS NOW”.Looking back, I cant believe all the events that have unfolded since the infamous “big dumb object” was first discussed and the life changing mission planned. When I.C.C was first put into the ship system. When the first “original” batch of clones boarded and started the journey. All the modifications and lives gone by in just one trilogy. All the different species and friendships. A wacky space religion. New discoveries and all the feels. So so many feels.Its really hard to come to terms with Ultra being the last in this AMAZING series and I am kind of depressed but at the same time, also appreciative that I got to enjoy such amazing writing. Marina Lostetter is an author that I will now anticipate new works from and immediately read no matter what the subject is. *hopefully space sharks or ocean vampires*. No, wait…..Anne Rice tackled ocean vampires. LOLRead this series immediately if you haven’t already. Generational space ships manned by clones and artificial intelligence. How humans make themselves into jelly monsters to better live in space. What it’s like to live as an original human among all the modified humans with cool abilities. Immortals with existence issues. I could go on but long reviews are boring and rarely read.Thank you Edelweiss for the early review copy.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    ICC, a lone AI originally constructed by Earth humans, awakens after eons to find beings wandering its halls. As ICC slowly comes back to full power it tries to figure out where the beings came from. The world it sits on is still too young to have intelligent life of it's own. Which leaves the questions of who these creatures are and how did they get there. And do the humans know they are there? While this is the third book of this series, and I hadn't read the first two, I was still able to fol ICC, a lone AI originally constructed by Earth humans, awakens after eons to find beings wandering its halls. As ICC slowly comes back to full power it tries to figure out where the beings came from. The world it sits on is still too young to have intelligent life of it's own. Which leaves the questions of who these creatures are and how did they get there. And do the humans know they are there? While this is the third book of this series, and I hadn't read the first two, I was still able to follow the story. And what a story it is! If you enjoy science fiction and elaborate world building this book is for you. I do suggest reading the first two books. While I wasn't completely lost there were a few gaps. I was so impressed by the way this book is written and was so into the story that I didn't care. I will be hunting down the first two books so I can get the full experience!
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  • Lydia
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book from an ARC. I had not read the previous two books in the series. If I had, I might have enjoyed this more. The book is slow-moving and tedious, the exposition is dry, and I am not given any reason to care about the characters. Maybe if I had two previous books' worth of worldbuilding and backstory, but reading this out of sequence means I just don't care.
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  • Terry Masson
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful, moving epicMany authors bring us a future history we dream of and hope for, and Marina J. Lostetter is certainly one of the best.Thank you so much, from the non binary representation, to the beautiful moments at the end and the words of Ursula. Truly magnificent.
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  • Angie Jenkins
    January 1, 1970
    This book was overall a masterpiece & lovely addition to the prior novels. The world building was a bit dense, and it’s definitely not one I would recommend for Sci Fi beginners.. but overall, very well done. This book was overall a masterpiece & lovely addition to the prior novels. The world building was a bit dense, and it’s definitely not one I would recommend for Sci Fi beginners.. but overall, very well done.
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