New York 2140 Hardcover – 16 Mar 2017
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Robinson is one of the world's finest working novelists, in any genre. New York 2140 is a towering novel about a genuinely grave threat to civilisation (GUARDIAN)
Robinson seamlessly binds together characters and narrative strands . . . An immensely enjoyable reading experience (SciFiNow)
Robinson's writing is so evocative that you can imagine that any one of his paragraphs could feature in the film of the book . . . a thoughtful, innovative page turner (STARBURST)
Even at 600-plus pages, there's a leanness to the prose that keeps the plot moving forwards . . . Robinson handles setpieces with aplomb (SFX)
It's near impossible to capture the vibrance of the entire city in the span of one single novel, yet Kim Stanley Robinson manages to do just that and more (NEWSWEEK)
Like all great sci-fi, New York 2140 is as much inward-looking as it is forward- . . . Robinson's work has a strong, intelligent social conscience (GQ)
Starkly beautiful and fundamentally optimistic (THE CONVERSATION)
Only sci-fi can drown Manhattan and make you want to live there (BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK)
This may well be Robinson's masterpiece and is surely the most important piece of sf in years (MORNING STAR)
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a future New York, but possibly none of them have been this interesting
One of the most exciting books in climate change fiction yet written... Both immensely readable and timely (LITHUB)
Utterly immersive and unexpectedly hopeful (RT BOOK REVIEWS)
Even at 600-plus pages, there's a leanness to the prose that keeps the plot moving forwards...And Robinson handles setpieces with aplomb (SFX)
This may well be Robinson's masterpiece and is surely the most important piece of sf in years. (Morning Star)
A new vision of the future from Kim Stanley Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of science fiction masterworks such as the Mars trilogy, 2312 and AuroraSee all Product description
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Unfortunately, I just found this book really boring. I like the author's style, and the is nothing wrong with the writing itself - it just seems to go on a lot without much plot building, and the characters are generally fairly uninteresting.
I like the idea of a novel set in this timeline, where the premise isn't an apocalyptic world, or mankind launching spaceships all over the place. This covers catastrophic raising of the sea level, and some of those sections are engaging - but overall, the world they live in isn't that convincing (people have apartments in big buildings, there are several good restaurants across New York, much like today - yet they are somehow compelled to eat in communal building canteens, often not getting a seat - came across a bit silly).
All in all, I just found it pretty dull - have gone for 3 stars, as there is some decent writing and some decent ideas that lift it above a 2 star - but can't really go any higher.
This is...frankly a bizarre mess. Some great ideas, and a few excellent chapters, but interspersed with weird ranty chapters that have nothing to do with the story, most of his characters are weirdly chosen and randomly shoved together, and theres page after page of technobabble about finance that frankly had me totally lost.
The best thing about this is the wonderful cover art. Its all too "stream of consciousness" writing for sci-fi/fantasy.
Reading this book was like dredging for gold: you have to sieve through lots and lots of sand for little pieces of gold. This book had an interesting plot and even more interesting subplots. But to get them, you had to read through pages and pages of non-story that add nothing to the extended world or the overall story. There were literally entire chapters of exposition that could be skipped and you wouldn't miss anything.
If you are a financial buff, you will probably like this, as this is one of the core premises of the book.It is a commentary on our own financial system (which hasn't changed even in 2140) and one way of "fixing it". Unfortunately, a lot of the finance stuff went way over my head and for me bogged the book down further.
And I completely lost track with one of the major plot lines because of the books habit of stopping and starting. I still don't know who was trying to buy the Met building, who kidnapped Mutt and Jeff, and how that conclusion was reached.
I do like books that have the different points of view for each chapter, and this book had that, and I enjoy when these characters interact with each other. One of the books strong points are the characters: they were well developed, likable and well grounded.
So to sum up. It pains me to have to settle for 2 stars. Because if it was just the plots, it would be a solid 3. But it is just too bogged down. I think the book could be about 200 pages shorter and we wouldn't lose anything.
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