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This review is from: Cosmonaut Keep: Engines of Light: Book One (Hardcover)
Ken MacLeod has created an entire cosmology with this new saga that has numerous, interwoven angles, exploring mankind's first encounter with a mysterious and majestic alien civilisation. The opening promises to be a complex and very entertaining new science fiction series. Ken keeps the story tension high and the readers grip intact. His use of European and socialist politics, cyber-coolness, even exploring the mythology and origin of Earth's own development, most certainly maintained my interest and kept my eyes firmly glued to the pages.
Cosmonaut Keep is told in two timelines. The entwined timelines of Gregor and Matt Cairns, transform the reader from the near future to ten thousand light years away, while managing daring and passionate characters, seeking a place for themselves and their dreams in a vast, complex, and ultimately enigmatic universe.
After a mysterious prologue, which finally comes to focus at the end of the book, we are introduced to Gregor Cairns, an exobiology student and descendant of one of Terra Nova's first families on the planet Mingulay, along with his fellow research partners Elizabeth Harkness and Salasso (a saur). Gregor is a direct descendant of the "Cosmonauts," who arrived at Mingulay, some centuries earlier from Earth, in a starship...
The other timeline follows Matt Cairns, a Scotsman, back in the middle of the 21st century...
Ken has written a clever and suspenseful story. I most certainly look forward to the next adventure in this exciting new star-spanning saga.