Artemis is proof that Andy Weir cannot write a main character who is not a smart ass. It is hard to follow up to such a successful novel as The Martian, so much is expected. While Artemis is very different then Weir's first novel, it does not disappoint.
Jazz has lived most of her life on the moon in a contained city Artemis. She continually balances her sense of honor with her need to make money. She is extremely talented, has an off the charts IQ, and a knack for getting herself in bad situations. Despite it all, you can't help not only relating to her, but rooting for her.
There is no doubt that Weir is an amazing author. He combines actual science with fiction to make believable tales that draws the reader in. He also creates amazing characters and has excellent narration. It is no reason why Artemis won Goodread's best science fiction novel of 2017.
Artemis may even better than his first novel. While the science is still there, it is incorporated better into the plot. There is also less vulgarity. Jazz still has a mouth, but it is not out of control.
Overall this is a really great novel. Even if Science Fiction is not your normal type of read, I would still recommend that you check this book out.
American War has been held up as one of the best Science Fiction releases for 2017. It is for good reason that it has been given this eclaim.
American War is a gripping story about the second American War. The South, upset by the outlawing of fossil fuels, has attempted to break off from the North. What follows is a war story so believable that you are left wondering how easily the tale could play out in reality.
I was not surprised when I learned that the author, Omar El Akkad, was a war correspondent. I am sure most of the plot was fictionalized from other events, such as Guantanamo Bay. The possibility of the novel adds to the impact on the reader.
Yet, it is still obviously science fiction. The setting is the late 2000s, more than sixty years from our current time. The climate has shifted and the political situation has imploded. Technology is a part of everyday existence. It was fascinating how Akkad wrote in the seamless integration of technology within the lives of the characters. Even when they do not have running water, they have tablets and WiFi.
The writing is amazing. Akkad is extremely talented and I cannot wait to read more of his work. The plot is disturbing, but well crafted. The characters are so real that I believe Sarat will remain a part of me. It is truly one of the best new science fiction books of the year.
Time and Blood is written in a unique narrative style. Each section switches between characters, yet each section is presented from a first person point of view. You cannot get the entire story without reading multiple sections. Each character has a very unique voice that is easily distinguished from all the other characters.
Unfortunately, this can leave the plot a bit confusing. The main character, Rhea, has lived for millenniums. It is no wonder that her grasp of the concrete here and now is a bit muddled. When a reader first reads events from her perspective they are left with less than concrete plot details. It isn't until another character's nerationg that the details become more defined. To add to the confusion, the narrative switches chronologically as well, going back hours in the story line. While it is a brilliant and unique narrative style, the way that it was implemented made the story more confusing than it needed to be.
The plot is quite fascinating. Rhea is an immortal phenix that was identified, with her mate, as being central to a prophecy. Then her mate is killed, along with all the other phoenix's leaving Rhea as the sole survivor. Rhea moves through the human world without hope. How can she fulfill the prophecy if your beloved is dead? Yet, love has found a way.
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