Book notes: All These Worlds by Dennis Taylor

All These Worlds by Dennis E Taylor book summary review and key ideas.

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All These Worlds: Bobiverse, Book 3 by Dennis E. Taylor

Synopsis:

“The epic and highly anticipated conclusion to the listener-favorite series that had countless Audible listeners (and employees) hooked from the very first Bob – featuring, as always, a flawless performance from the inimitable Ray Porter. 

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.” -Audible


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Opening thoughts:

I just finished Book 2 and jumped straight into Book 3. So far, the series is amazing and I can’t wait to continue it.


Key notes:

Chapter 1: Face-Off

  • Bob is now fully immersed in the Deltan village

Chapter 2: We’ve Lost

Chapter 3: Trouble Brewing

Chapter 4: Attitude

  • Howard and Bridget were enjoying a day together at the mall

Chapter 5: Bushwhacked

  • Bob created a surprise ambush for Fred and the other gang that was constantly terrorizing his village in order to dissuade him and his group from continuing

Chapter 6: Launch

Chapter 7: Date

  • Colonel Butterworth told Howard that he had a cognitive degenerative disease and decided to not become a replicant
  • Howard opened up to Bridget about how it feels to be immortal and see all of your friends slowly pass away
    • This was the reason why most Bobs try to stay detached from people

Chapter 8: Revolutionaries

  • On Poseidon, him and his group of friends were considering a revolution against the council who was putting off elections and acting power-hungry
    • Marcus was about to unveil his plans for floating cities which might change things up but they weren’t sure

Chapter 9: Tension

  • Bridget’s oldest daughter Rosalie was very adamant against her mother dating a non-human
  • There’s also a lot of gossip going around about them both

Chapter 10: Hunted

  • Fred and his gang tried to hunt down Bob but was successful in avoiding them
  • Donald discussed with Bob about how they might need to go hunting Fred

Chapter 11: Remains

Chapter 12: Funeral for Julia

  • Julia, one of the Bob’s first family they encountered and who had a strong likeness to his sister, passed away from an aneurysm
  • Will also mentioned that after resurrecting the replicant program, they had zero applications because most people saw it as eternal servitude
  • Will and Howard had sympathy for each other’s problems and the idea of how being immortal doesn’t have all upside

Chapter 13: Flying Cities

  • Marcus and Valdez’s plans for the floating city and the proof of concept he built which they were all on board for
    • It would be open and transparent
  • Gina recommended to Marcus to take this seriously because more more than likely, he was a council’s biggest target and will probably go after him
    • She warned that he shouldn’t be too cocky and just because they didn’t see things his way

Chapter 14: Friends

  • Howard met Bridget’s friends, but also learned that he started acting and thinking like a normal person while he’s around others

Chapter 15: Enclaves

  • On Earth, Will proposed making 14 million stasis pods which would save the remaining population, but it would halt the transport project
  • For now, the enclaves decided against it

Chapter 16: The Departed

  • Marcus and Riker discussed his involvement in this revolution
  • They knew that Marcus wasn’t doing anything wrong, it was just a situation that was getting dangerous

Chapter 17: Underway

Chapter 18: Arrival at 82 Eridani

  • They let the three nations choose their own planets, but the Bobs there had to deal with everyone’s complaining about how the planets were different from earth

Chapter 19: Cities Attacked

  • The council and Poseidon started to make moves and cut off the people who immigrated to the floating cities

Chapter 20: Life

  • Howard used VR equipment to let Bridget take a look into his VR and experience what it’s like in his world 

Chapter 21: The Return

  • The Brazilian ship that flew off a while ago came back and almost destroyed one of the Bobs
  • They managed to fight him off but had to figure out how to deal with him when all other Bobs were at least a decade away

Chapter 22: Derelict

  • Two of the Bobs found an Others cargo vessel and discovered that there was some tech they could salvage

Chapter 23: Death

  • Bridget died suddenly but Howard found out that she changed her will a few months back to be put into stasis when it happened
    • Her kids filed an injunction to remove her from stasis
  • Bridget was very methodical and planned out in advance because of the pushback she would get from their children about her being a replica
  • But Howard had to wait for the legal system to finish in order to do anything

Chapter 24: Explorations

  • The two Bobs in the other cargo vessel they named Hulk One began to disassemble and learn about things inside

Chapter 25: Battle

  • They started a war of attrition with the Brazilian general by using whatever resources they had to fight back

Chapter 26: Cities in Fight

  • The war against the Council of Poseidon it started when the council started to attack

Chapter 27: Repair

  • They finally told Bill about their discovery of the Others cargo vessel and mentioned it can be used transport the remaining population off with one trip

Chapter 28: Payback

  • He threaten Fred again but Archimedes pointed out that their tools and weapons were far interior today, so there might be perceived inequities causing their discontent

Chapter 29: Looming Storm

  • The court case against Bridget children started to get more intense

Chapter 30: Armageddon

  • They miraculously were able to defeat the Brazilian general but right before they were about to capture him, he blew himself up 

Chapter 31: Cleanup

  • Marcus and the revolutionaries managed to capture all the councilmembers and take back control of the auto factories

Chapter 32: Found

  • While disassembling the Others’ cargo vessel, they discovered that the alien power core overpowered their fusion reactors by 5 to 1 ratio

Chapter 33: Project

Chapter 34: Kidnapping

  • The other village kidnapped Archimedes, but Bob and his gang successfully fought them off and rescued him
  • They decided that they needed to teach the other village how to make better weapons so they can stop trying to steal food

Chapter 35: Cities Victorious

Chapter 36: Announcement

  • Riker explained to the people left on Earth the situation and how they were planning on moving everyone in one go

Chapter 37: Court Battle

  • Howard won the court battle but caught Rosie trying to sabotage her mom’s stasis pod
    • Thankfully Bill caught it and prevented it

Chapter 38: Traveling

  • As Neil and Herschel were managing transporting the huge cargo vessel, they reminisced about the good old days when they were both simply “pond scum” and weren’t important

Chapter 39: Retirement

  • Marcus was effectively retired on Poseidon and was contemplating a new career as possibly an android dolphin on the planet

Chapter 40: Recovery

Chapter 41: Resurrection

  • Bridget was brought back to life as a replicant and was brought up to speed by Howard

Chapter 42: Results Negative

  • They had no leads on the Brazilian general, but postulated that he may have cloaked an entire auto factory 

Chapter 43: Course Correction

Chapter 44: Debut

  • Howard brought Bridget into the moot and introduced everyone and Henry

Chapter 45: Pav Arrival

  • They decided to keep in stations while they figured out how to generate some of their native wildlife

Chapter 46: City

  • Howard proposed the idea of building a floating bubble city on Oden for just the two of them as beta testers in case they had to hide people from the Others

Chapter 47: Foreboding

  • They came up with a plan to send covert drones to survey the Others

Chapter 48: Pav Decanting

  • Although they were skeptical at first, the Pav species were grateful for the Bobs setting them up on this new planet

Chapter 49: Surveillance

  • After Mario did surveillance on the Others, he found no more on the destroyer planet which means they don’t have any more or they were all out somewhere else

Chapter 50: A Space Odyssey

  • Archimedes started teaching three promising people from the other village how to make tools and if you feel like it started trading

Chapter 51: Moot

  • Neil speculated that there might be a possibility that the others were making a long roundabout trip to her to take them by surprise

Chapter 52: Waiting

  • The UN meetings on Earth discussed their available options for them, none of which were attractive
  • But they had dwindling resources and were not completely dependent on the Bob’s for survival

Chapter 53: Protection

  • Bill and Clyde are discussing and arguing about splitting the resources to protect two different areas in case the Others came for either

Chapter 54: Party

  • Riker went to Justin’s 70+ birthday party and saw his whole clan
  • He mentioned that Justin will be the last person he kept in contact with as it is hard to deal with all of the painful memories when you are in mortal

Chapter 55: Offsite

  • Bill was proud of his achievements of slowly cultivating Ragnarok into a livable planet

Chapter 56: City In The Clouds

  • Bridget and Howard managed to get their city in Odin working

Chapter 57: Detection

  • They finally detected the Others heading their way towards Earth / Sol 

Chapter 58: Arrival

  • They had to decide which 8 million of 14 million people they would load off planet by the time the Others arrived at Sol

Chapter 59: Reconciliation

  • Bridget and Howard were invited to her son Howie’s wedding
  • She was also able to reconcile with her other daughter Leanne, but Rosie decided to immigrate to the other planet Romulus and cut her family off

Chapter 60: Sneak Attack

  • They made their sneak attack on the Others

Chapter 61: Foreshadowing

  • Archimedes was dying and was ready for it
  • Bob had been embedded within the Deltans for 15 years now

Chapter 62: Life in the Clouds

  • Bridget brought up the idea of adoption because they were official citizens and people with friends, and there was a need

Chapter 63: Well, Hold On

  • They figured out that they could potentially load everyone onto the Bellerophon if they configure it to have there atmosphere

Chapter 64: Battle Begins

  • After the first wave of assault, they manage to check out a third of the Others’ force but he didn’t seem likely turn the tides and win

Chapter 65: Facilities

Chapter 66: Battle Continues

Chapter 67: Running

  • They picked up almost everyone in managed to escape the planet during the battle, but 150,000 people died from a straight shot from a blast

Chapter 68: The Battle

  • They had a last-minute Hail Mary play that succeeded and they won the battle

Chapter 69: Ending

  • Archimedes died and Bob decided to leave
  • He told Buster that he was going after he discovered that Robert was in fact Bob

Chapter 70: Extermination

  • They launched the two planets into the others Dyson sphere and star, which completely exterminated the entire system

Chapter 71: Victory

  • With their victory, they can now gather all the resources to creating more stasis pods for everyone in a year

Chapter 72: Recovery

  • Bob spilled his guts to Marvin about everything and Marvin reassured him that they are allowed to evolve and be human

Chapter 73: Moot

  • They had a moot to discuss how the majority of Bobs want to choose their own destiny instead of being caretakers for the humans
  • Bill agreed to send a statement to the colonies that the Bobs will no longer be their workhorse and they needed to depend on themselves

Chapter 74: Pav Announcement

  • The Pavs were so perplexed that the Bobs have so much power yet no desire for it

Chapter 75: Rebuilding

Chapter 76: Pilgrimage

  • Bob took a pilgrimage back to Earth where Las Vegas was and reflected on his past life

Closing thoughts:

This third book in the series was so well done! The author did a great job building up the looming threat of the Others, as well as the Bob’s navigating all of the various issues in their respective parts of the universe. It felt like such an epic story that transcended so much space and on such a large scale.

My favorite thing about this series is how it masterfully tells and weaves multiple storylines in parallel, as well as having overarching stories of the Bobiverse. It really allows for an epic story like this successfully take place across several books. The author’s world-building was phenomenal.

Overall, highly recommend this book in the series. It was a great closure to this chapter of the series.


One Takeaway / Putting into practice:

Again, it’s hard to have a takeaway from sci-fi books like these. But I guess one insight I can get from the story would be:

  • A commonality in humans is that we want freedom

I think regardless of the variations among the Bobs, it seems like most of them wanted the freedom to be able to choose their own path and explore. Even if they felt they had a duty to protect the human species, they ultimately wanted the freedom to choose instead of living a life of servitude.


Nutshell:

Book 3 in the Bobiverse series has the Bobs trying to juggle the issues that come with humans becoming an interplanetary species, finding habitable worlds to colonize, dealing with local politics, and threats from alien species.


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Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

3.5/5

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