Author: Greg Bear

Genre: Science Fiction

Year: 1985

Rating: 7.5 of 10

The scope of this book was so large that it is difficult to describe. That being said it felt too large to be contained in one book. Conceptually I loved this book, one of Bear’s strengths is the originality of his ideas, and this book was no exception, it really delivered in that regard. However I found the book so populated by a huge cast of characters that it was a bit difficult to follow at times concerning who’s who. The cold war politics also didn’t date well, but Bear can hardly be blamed for that and it is a common enough problem. It felt like there was a rather long lull in the middle of the book but I slogged through and was glad that I did as the story unfolds drastically. At one point I found myself thinking that he wasn’t going to be able to pull it off in the remaining pages but somehow it all tied together and finished well. Overall it was a pretty good read just a bit slow at times. I highly recommend Greg Bear but do not suggest starting with this one.


Purchase: Buy!


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