Second Star by Dana Stabenow

Second Star

By Dana Stabenow

  • Release Date: 2011-11-01
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4
From 252 Ratings
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When the Betelgeuse message was detected, it changed a lot of things on Earth. We began to look seriously outward, not with the heady optimism of the early days, but with deliberate calculation. We knew that Someone was out there, and that eventually, they’d be coming. If Earth didn’t occupy the High Frontier, it could be ours to lose.

Esther “Star” Svensdotter’s job is overseeing the completion of the American Alliance’s first O’Neill cylinder — a massive space hab capable of supporting thousands of colonists. It’s just weeks away from commissioning, and she’ll be damned if Luddite terrorists, squabbling bureaucrats, military takeovers or rogue AIs will stand in the way. Frontier justice on Ellfive sometimes involves an airlock — you don’t want to be on the wrong side of justice. Or the wrong side of Star Svensdotter.

The first in Dana Stabenow’s Star Svensdotter trilogy, Second Star is a tale of first contact, declarations of independence, and new frontiers.


  • Needs a good edit

    By Stellabuck
    Used "gee" to represent gravity,while standard is "G". For example instead of "zero-g" it was "zero-gee." This simple fact made it hard for me to buy into any facts of the sci-fi story line. Protagonist is predictably antagonist like Kate S. series.
  • Second star

    By Tembook2
    I Really enjoyed loosing myself in this futuristic story. It had all the elements of probing your conscious -ness to open up to the realities of Space and yet came with a love story filled with sentiment and caring. I really loved the fact that Ms Stebenow didn't have to resort to horror and gore to keep me entertained.
  • Review of novel " Second Star"

    By Gail Gjb
    This was a fine book. The characters were in 3D. Though sometimes , not often, it got into to much detail. All together tho it was a fine read.
  • Second Star

    By Savvy granny 28
    This is an actual sci-fi story. Lots of scientific info, not the fantasy aspect of so many stories. The character development is thorough. The space station of the "future" sounds quite feasible. An enjoyable read.
  • Boring

    By Quittakingmynickname
    Took too long to explain the background of the story. Exciting parts were not until three quarters of the way through the book.
  • Second Star

    By Rambling Belle
    I remember that joy of life's hope that Robert Heinlein always gave me. With Second Star I felt some of that as I read. Thanks for the read. I purchased the next books & can't wait to start reading them!
  • Second star

    By Tinybranch
    The character names where are not easy to understand. Which makes it difficult to keep up with who's who. If your from another country it may be easier. Stopped reading it half way through. It was to confusing . Hope you have better luck.
  • Second Star

    By Dart45
    Yes, it is free, but it did grab me and I will spring the bucks to read more. Love the references to people and things that were long forgotten. A good read. A glossary might be helpful to define a few terms about which iPad was in the dark. I was not familiar with DS's work... Second Star was a lucky find. G Hoff 1/23/12
  • It's free...

    By BobertJMurphy
    ... But it didn't grab me at all.