The Shattered World Within

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Like three space stations before it, Zhiminda Station has fallen silent.

Zhyara and his crew travel to the very edge of settled space to investigate. Will they find the station dead, its corridors exposed to the vacuum of space? Will they find bodies? Will they run into the unknown killers? Or is the reason much more sinister than that?

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Words: 19,180
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301727407
About Patty Jansen

Patty lives in Sydney, Australia, and writes both Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has published over 15 novels and has sold short stories to genre magazines such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

Patty was trained as a agricultural scientist, and if you look behind her stories, you will find bits of science sprinkled throughout.

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Review by: MB on Sep. 09, 2014 :
Good story featuring very interesting and original society. Good science too. Ending seemed a bit rushed though.
Most likely I'll read some more books by Patty Jansen soon.
(review of free book)

Review by: Tsana Dolichva on Sep. 08, 2013 :
The Shattered World Within by Patty Jansen is a novella set in the same universe as Trader's Honour (and others). That said, it's very much a stand-alone story and definitely doesn't require any previous reading to enjoy.

The Shattered World Within brings us a very different society, governed by the delicate interplay of instincts and networks of trust. Except for when it isn't. Zhyara is the leader of an expedition to investigate a mining station that has failed to report in. When they arrive there, most of the populace is missing and things are very strange among those that remain. Through Zhyara's point of view we learn about the social order and ranking system that operates in his culture. It is as fascinating as it is unfamiliar. For all that the people in this story are humanoid, their behaviour sets them apart as truly alien to us.

This is also highlighted by Zhyara's family. Zhyara comes from a poor family and a undistinguished clan that lives on the outer edge of the city. He expends a lot of energy trying to help his younger brother make something of his life even though, since he became successful, Zhyara suddenly stopped being his mother's favourite. Through Zhyara's burgeoning understanding of what is going on with his brother, the reader is introduced to more conflicts within his society. I really have to applaud Jansen for the complex and other world she has created.

The other great aspect of this novella is the physical worldbuilding. Jansen sticks to science, as I've come to expect from her writing, and creates a believable universe. Without spoiling the ending, she also includes a more unusual but plausible planet, which I hope we will one day get to read more about.

A great read for fans of hard and sociological science fiction alike. Highly recommended.

4.5 / 5 stars
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jana Webb on Aug. 28, 2013 :
I received this book for free in exchange for posting an honest review.

Set in the future yet reminiscent of the past I found this to be a fascinating book. It has action, adventure, a hint of mystery and a little hint of romance. I found myself drawing many comparisons to other historic events and to famous or infamous people. I think this book would make an excellent addition to any advanced high school English class. It would also prompt interesting discussions should it be chosen by a book club. I'm going to propose it to my own group.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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