Enjoyable mish mash,
This review is from: Helix (Mass Market Paperback)
We start with Hendry, living life in a world devestated by disease and climate change. Much of humanity has died. This could have made a great book - how do small communities overcome failing tech, how do power structures re-align?
But then we're whisked away from that when Hendry is accepted for a mission to travel to some other planet, to form a colony with 4000 other humans. Colonising another planet would have been a great book, but almost all the humans are left in 'deep sleep' while Hendry and a handful of characters travel across 'the helix'.
The aliens aren't that alien, the environments aren't that alien. A lot of the science is decided soft and hand-wavey - for example there's no mention of how the helix could work.
I sound negative, but this is a book that I enjoyed reading. There's some nice ideas in there, and it rattles along.