- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Jun. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0072J7M80
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Equations of Life: The Metrozone Trilogy, Book 1 Audio Download – Unabridged
This title is not available for you.
Sorry, this title is no longer available. Please try using the search feature as another version of this work may be available. If you think we've made a mistake, please contact Audible Customer Care at 0800 496 2279.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
If you like grimwood, ian macdonald, than you won't be disappointed, but it's not a 'wow wtf' experience...
like a well-madde mid-level tv show...
This sets up the novel for the introduction of Samuil Petrovich. Living in the now - even more crowded - city of London where the parks are now made up of shanty towns constructed from old shipping containers, Petrovich is apparently a young and bright postgraduate student. Early on, he save Sonja Oshicora from kidnapping and finds that his quiet life is about to be disturbed as Sonja is the daughter of the head of the powerful Oshicora corporation.
From this point on, the pace is unrelenting. Over the next few days of Petrovich's life, after nearly dying from the shock of his exertions in saving Sonja due to a weak heart, he is caught up in a complicated war between the Oshicora corporation and a Ukrainian mobster, who models himself on Stalin.
This could all seem a little on the small time good guy takes on the bad guys and WINS. But that would be unfair. For starters, we can infer early on that Petrovich is perhaps not quite all that he seems. As the novel progresses, it becomes clear that his background needs a little explaining. In amongst all this, I think it is really only Petrovich's character that is fully developed. This novel is the first part of a trilogy, so hopefully Simon Morden can imbue the supporting cast with a little more character over these novels.
Throw in quantum computing and a Petrovich's scientific work and you have a heady mix of SF and action.
By no means perfect, it is perhaps a little on the light side (the reverse of that, of course, is that the action is non-stop and great fun), and the characterisation beyond the main character is a little weak. These are forgiveable, though. Simon Morden writes well and if you fancy a SF thriller you could do far worse than this. I'm looking forward to the second part.
I enjoyed the descriptions of post-apocalyptic London- the author knows the geography well enough for you to be able to trace steps accurately in the real world- and some of the set pieces are well described. The idea of warrior nuns is a good one and actually not that un-believable, given the circumstances, and the scene in which same is introduced is very well constructed.
One niggle is the main character's constant swearing in Russian which becomes a little tiresome after a while and I think future books would benefit from Sam learning a bit more Anglo-Saxon.
There is a lot to enjoy in this book especially if you enjoy films such as The Matrix and graphic novels / comics such as 2000 a.d., Judge Dread etc.
Don't expect a tour de force a la Iain M Banks- this isn't close to him in terms of prose or plot or dialogue- but if you want to have a fun read and are prepared to totally suspend your disbelief (especially regarding the resilience of the human heart), Then go for it.
There are many elements of `Equations' that I enjoyed. It has a frantic pace that is fun, although a little too much does happen. Sam is also an interesting character; intelligent, selfish, but with a heart (unfortunately a physically weak one). The other co-stars are not quite as strong, but the slobbish detective and militant nun do stand out. As a setting, the future London is also a good idea, a world similar to `Bladerunner', but were everything is even worse. It is clear that the Metrozone is ripe for story telling, so why does `Equations' fail to work on all levels?
There is confusion when it comes to the characters themselves. Sam acts like a man in his early 30s, yet we are told he is a teen genius. This is far too young for the way that people act towards him and the life experience he already has by the time the book begins. I can imagine that you grow up fast after the apocalypse, but the character's actions seem all over the place in terms of maturity, or lack of it. There is also a contradiction with Sam's very nature; one part nurturing scientist, the other angry criminal. The two elements don't seem to mix together and feel like two separate entities; a shy 19 year old Physics brainiac, and a grizzled 38 year old career criminal. For future books in the Metrozone series Morden will need to define his characters better. So far the series is good, just not great.
Most recent customer reviews
After all, where he comes from the story tells you.