Author: Neal Stephenson
Synopsis: “A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.
“But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remains…
“Five thousand years later, their progeny – seven distinct races now three billion strong – embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown… to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.”
Review: I loved Seveneves. I have never read anything else by Neal Stephenson, but now I think I want to! This book is going on my favorites shelf. You know; the shelf of books I will frantically attempt to save should there ever be a house fire. (It’s a lost cause I know. There are so many books on that shelf it would take multiple trips to save them all.)
A lot of other reviews have complained about the length of this book. Yes, Seveneves is long. It’s 861 pages of awesome story that I could not put down or stop thinking about. I will admit that around the two thirds mark I was starting to get a little frustrated with how long it was taking to read (It took me a week and a half to get through); but that’s mostly because I’m used to being able to whip through a book in a day or two, three days tops! Now that I’m finished reading it I’m sad. I wish there was more.
Seveneves is massive, and not just in size. Readers of Science Fiction, Apocalyptic Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, and students of human behavior will all find something to love about this novel. Stephenson does it all! Rush to your nearest bookstore and buy this book. You will not regret it!
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Species Imperative Trilogy by Julie E. Czerneda
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi