Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

by Kim Stanley Robinson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wrote what I thought was a nice review of this book and then the Internet ate it.

Which I think actually speaks to some of the themes of this very novel: humanity before technology and all that.

But, in this case, technology won and I’m far too upset to try writing it again.

But, for future readers, I’ll sum it up: the sci-fi parts of this book were brilliant. Robinson paints a future that is so tantalizingly close that it’s agonizing we haven’t achieved it.

But the plot and characters were weak and perfunctory.

So while this book is well worth a read from for the inspiration and hope it gives for our future, it’s not such a great novel.

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