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Read, but temper your expectations.
on 17 February 2017
Before continuing, I'm going to attempt to write this without spoiling the plot in any way.
Ok, so. I don't envy the authors task of writing a finale to an excellent series, something which you may have invested a lot of time reading and grown very attached to over the series. Inevitably I find such conclusions are at best somewhat underwhelming, and unfortunately this is the case here. Overall it is a pleasant way of passing a few hours, and as ever Clarkes descriptions of the future are brilliantly descriptive, enjoyable and in contrast to most Sci Fi writers, overwhelmingly optimistic. The fact that this isn't a Sci Fi novel which portrays the future as some inevitable, bleak dystopia is a breath of fresh air, and on that alone the book is probably worth reading.
One thing I will note is that this book does undo some aspects of the previous series, just like its predecessors, and if you are like me you may have actually preferred the old elements of the story over the new one. Having read all the series, on reflection I'm not sure whether or not I would have preferred it if i had stopped after reading 2010 or 2061, as I think I preferred their conclusions, however I don't think I would have been able to live with myself if I had left the series unfinished.
So, if you do want to press on an complete this series with this book, expect to enjoy the vast majority of it, but for your own sake please, please, please temper your expectations.