"(Stephen) King has referred to his own work as "the literary
equivalent of a Big Mac and a large fries from McDonald's." The same can be
said of McDevitt and his sequel to A Talent for War. Chances are that
Polaris, an unpretentious space adventure, is just what your literary taste
buds are in the mood for."
— The Kansas City Star
— The Florida Times Union
"A truly captivating mystery, a pair of pleasant and engaging
protagonists, and a story that mixes excitement and suspense in equal
parts.... (McDevitt) just keeps on getting better."
— Science Fiction Chronicle
"In recent years, Jack McDevitt has produced a remarkable series
of interstellar adventure novels (Chindi, Omega, Deepsix) that has
established him as perhaps the best pure storyteller working in the field
today. McDevitt's latest, Polaris, can only enhance his reputation. A
cleverly constructed mystery set against a rigorously developed future
history, Polaris offers both a high-adrenaline narrative and a complex
meditation on some thorny ethical dilemmas.... An exemplary merger of
mystery and science fiction.... It all adds up to an intelligent,
provocative entertainment by a man who brings energy, style, and a fresh
perspective to everything he writes."
— The Washington Post
"...Combines hard science with mystery and adventure in a wild tour
of the distant future that also comes to grips with the ethical issues of
tomorrow — life extension and the cosmic environment. Stellar plotting,
engaging characters, and a mastery of storytelling make this a standout
addition to sf collections. Highly recommended."
— Library Journal
"A grander puzzle than any (Alex and Chase) have faced....You will
enjoy the read....You will also be looking forward to the next...."
"McDevitt refuses to pull a robot out of the hat-- the solution to
the mystery is rooted not in the posthuman but in the all-too-human. And
this is completely in tune with his work, which insists that no matter
where we go or what kinds of exotic environments we inhabit, we remain
stubbornly and recognizably ourselves. It's an odd position for a writer
of fantastic adventures, but it's a large part of the appeal of his
writing, and half of the reason I return to it so gladly. (The other half
is that nifty skiffy stuff he works in.)
"This SF mystery's smooth and exciting surface makes it difficult
to appreciate how exceptionally good it is at combining action and
ideas.... A fine job of creating different worlds for Alex and Chase to
explore as they hunt clues....An SF mystery novel ...that turns out to have
a surprisingly serious human core.
— Publishers Weekly