Publisher’s Weekly: starred review
“Burke’s writing is as lush as the environment of Pax; her characters show considerable depth, and she unflinchingly captures the horrors of space exploration. She has rendered an alien planet in beautiful, believable detail.”

Rating and review page
“A fantastic, high-concept novel that addresses the question ‘what if a first-contact story, but with plants?’” – Emily

“Every chapter is like a short story within a shared universe—and it’s a phenomenal universe. The worldbuilding is astonishing: the human society is richly detailed, and it’s riveting to watch the colonists learn to communicate with a life-form so different from us.”

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“In her novel Semiosis, Sue Burke portrays desperate human colonists becoming dependent upon a planet’s highest life form, a sapient vine that spreads with their nervous help.”