Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

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Seveneves is the second book I’ve read by Neal Stephenson. The first book was Crytonomicon, a book that was 1,139 pages long. I didn’t review that book because I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. To be honest, I’m still not when I think back on those many pages.

I did enjoy this book more. Overall Seveneves is a solid story from beginning to end. As I write this, I’m still thinking about the book. I keep thinking, what would we really do? I have a fond appreciation for books that stick me, but for me, this novel had so many things that made it hard for me to finish, that I can’t in good conscience give this novel more than three-stars. No, that’s not true, if I rated half stars, I’d totally give it three and a half.

Seveneves is very well-written. The plot is simple and easy to follow. Also, the science and technology used in this book were at times fascinating. I enjoyed all of that (and I assure you there is plenty) very much. There is no lack of detail within the pages of this novel. All this detailed description comes in three forms throughout the entire novel – what is being used, how it’s being used, why it’s being used. Add the tons of info-dumping about the characters and their relationships to other characters and that is why there are so many pages.

Speaking of those characters, few had much personality. The ones that did, I didn’t feel like I got enough of. That might be because the book does a serious fast forward in time leaving behind the ones I did have an interest in and introducing a whole new world. That was something I hated. I get that Stephenson wanted to show during the end of the world and then after, and while I do appreciate getting two books for the price of one, I feel like it would have read better had this novel been two parts.

This book is not for everyone. It’s not an easy read. I’m starting to understand that any of Stephenson’s books are for hardcore readers or even those that read for leisure. I’d say if you’re a fan of the author, it’s probably a must read.

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T I T L E: Seveneves

A U T H O R: Neal Stephenson

P U B L I S H • D A T E : May 19, 2015

P U B L I S H E R: William Morrow

I S B N:  9780062334510

Science Fiction, Hard Science

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What would happen if the world were ending?

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 remain . . .

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.

A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.

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