Watts, Peter, “Starfish”

If placed in a monstrous environment, would the monster stop being a monster? Could the normal monstrosity be less scary than the monstrous normality?

Essential book information

  • Author: Peter Watts
  • Name of the book: Starfish
  • 1999

Basic plot summary

A bioengineered maintenance crew is sent to an underwater geothermal power plant.


Peter Watts crafts a beautiful underwater world of monsters. Some seem indestructible but are very fragile. Others strike the reader as inhuman at the beginning, turn out to be truly benevolent. The novel is oxymoronic, unexpected; Watts stretches and twists humanity’s concept to uncover some hidden meaning or new revelation maybe.

My recommendation

I believe in today’s world, the question “What is human and humanity” has gained importance and momentum and continues to gain both. That is why I believe it is in each of us’ best interests to read literature that urges us to think about what makes us human and dehumanises us. This book, the first of the series, is one of such triggers – I enjoyed the thought process I went through when reading it.

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