Title: All These Worlds | Series: Bobiverse #3 | Author: Dennis E. Taylor | Publisher: Worldbuilder’s Press | Pub. Date: 2017-8-8 | Pages: 260 | ASIN: B0736185ZL | Genre: Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited
All These Worlds (Bobiverse #3)
Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can’t stay out of trouble.
They’ve created enough colonies so humanity shouldn’t go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.
Still stinging from getting their collective butts kicked in their first encounter with the Others, the Bobs now face the prospect of a decisive final battle to defend Earth and its colonies. But the Bobs are less disciplined than a herd of cats, and some of the younger copies are more concerned with their own local problems than defeating the Others.
Yet salvation may come from an unlikely source. A couple of eighth-generation Bobs have found something out in deep space. All it will take to save the Earth and perhaps all of humanity is for them to get it to Sol — unless the Others arrive first.
All These Worlds Review
All These Worlds is the final entry in the Bobiverse trilogy. We’ve watched Bob from his final day as a living, breathing human to his final desperate battle to save humanity. It has been interesting watching the evolution of the character from the beginning of book one to the end of book three. One of the things that struck me (and made me appreciate the series more) was how much I came to care for the Bobs. Original Bob felt very young adult male in the beginning of the first book. So we weren’t just watching the divergence of personality in the clones, we were also watching Bob mature and come to terms with the fact that he was now basically immortal and everyone else…wasn’t.
Just maturing as a normal human being is hard enough. Can you imagine having to deal with the fact that everyone you ever knew was dead, you were now effectively immortal, and oh, by the way, you have to save humanity which is down to a mere 15 million people on top of that? Good baby Cthulhu, it’s a wonder things didn’t get darker than they did! I did miss the humor in the second and third books, though. The humor was a huge part of what attracted me to We Are Legion, the first book in the Bobiverse series, to begin with.
Still, the Bob(s) was/were generally likable, no matter which cohort he/they were from. (That sentence sucked. I’m sorry.) I will say I don’t think there was quite as much diversity as I would have expected from Bob-1 to the final generations of Bobs. (I halfway expected an evil Bob to pop up, but at the same time, I’m glad the author didn’t go in that direction. Would have been a bit cliché.)
Dennis E. Taylor sticks the landing with All These Worlds. I was a bit doubtful in the beginning, but towards the end I was cheering the Bobs on. He sticks with pretty much the same characters that we saw in book two, which was great. If there had been too many more Bobs introduced, I’d have run screaming. And, whereas For We Are Many felt very frantic/jumpy, All These Worlds felt much more deliberate and well-paced. Taylor starts bringing the threads together in ways that make sense. He tidies up some of the less lovable situations from the second book as well. There are a few happy endings in the book, and a few sad ones too.
There is also a lot of action in All These Worlds, which made me happy. There is no denying that this book is all about battles (on both personal and humanity saving levels). One sequence in particular came out of left field and had me cheering for the Bobs. I knew two of them were up to something but I hadn’t quite clued in to what it was. I was already tense from what had just happened, so the ace up their sleeve bowled me over quite easily.
All These Worlds is a great conclusion to the trilogy. The Bobiverse series is entertaining sci-fi that doesn’t hold back. While it’s not one of the best sci-fi series out there, it’s thought-provoking and imaginative. Not quite floof or epic space opera, Dennis E. Taylor’s series is a bit hard to classify, but it’s worth checking out. Especially if you can experience them via Ray Porter’s magical narration.