Review: Ringworld

Ringworld by Larry Niven

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Thank goodness I am finished reading this book. It got a bit painful towards the end.

Ringworld is about a ragtag group of humans and aliens from the future who go on an adventure to Ringworld. One of the aliens (a puppeteer) recruits the alien and two humans for this expedition, because his race want to learn more about this mysterious planet. As luck would have it, they crash on the planet and need to figure out how to get off the planet.

Ringworld is not a book for people who like character development or plots that develop organically. This book is for people who enjoy books about "big, dumb objects" and want a plot and characters that work around this. The characters in Ringworld are one-dimensional and the plot is at times painfully contrived. For example, Teela Brown's entire existence is a square peg being forced into a round hole to make the plot work towards the end. The theories that are expounded in this book are interesting; however, I found my interest waning throughout the book. I only pushed on, because this book was for my book club (Sword & Laser). I should note, however, that theory books are not my cup of tea (e.g., [b:Blindsight|48484|Blindsight|Peter Watts||47428].

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