- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (28 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841499463
- ISBN-13: 978-1841499468
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Theories Of Flight: Metrozone Book 2 (Samuil Petrovitch Novels) Paperback – 28 Apr 2011
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This is a series not to be missed, and as I've had a chance to read the other two books, I can promise you that it's only going to get better (SFREVU)
A soaring narrative (SCIFINOW)
This second outing is just as exciting and downright entertaining as the first and is one you too should consider putting on your To-read lists (LEC BOOK REVIEWS)
The second instalment in this explosive trilogy of thrillers, set in the decaying urban jungle of a future London. Welcome to the Metrozone - mind the gap.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The gun motif with the '1' in it had me puzzled at first over whether or not it actually was science fiction and the cover wasn't a great indicator. In the event I found that I enjoyed the book hugely and promptly ordered the rest of the trilogy on Amazon (I want the third one NOW). I read Theories of Flight in one sitting.
The bones of the plot don't sound hugely original at first assessment but there are enough details and touches that the little devices flow well and just work. A lot of genre fiction like this comes across as either working too hard or trying to cram too much in. There is a lot going on for sure and trying to explain the entirety of the book makes it sound very complicated but it works.
There are several threads from the activities of the supporting characters to advancements in science and the street politics of a dystopian England that are skilfully combined to make the story and the characters very three dimensional.
The writing style is sparse and the protagonist is superbly realised as a multilayered, complicated individual without the noir clichés that usually mark the norm.
Simon Morden has surprised me - if like me you're slightly put off by the hackneyed image the setting evokes prepare to be pleasantly surprised.
Whether the post apocalypse thing is your bag or not this is a well crafted and properly thought out novel that had me engrossed. The setting and the situation are integral to the story without being the story and I like that.Read more ›
This book is just as action packed as the first book in the series. However the world focus is now on London because it's frightened the world's lone superpower, the USA into thinking their security is compromised. Petrovich is going to find out that the Long Night of night so long ago is only a preview for the chaos that will erupt when his enemies plans come to fruition and he'll loose more than he ever imagined in the flare up.
I enjoyed this book and got through it remarkably quickly. The Metrozone is an alternate universe that diverges around the year 2000 with multiple terrorist nuclear strikes in Europe destroying much of the infrastructure there. Petrovich is a genius, but a flawed one and a really interesting character. Because these are single point of view books they really bring him into focus and I don't get the feeling that this is a place marker in this series. It has been nice for a change to have a full trilogy available to read in a short space like this and I've already started on the final book in the series Degrees of Freedom (Metrozone) and I know I'll miss Sam's adventures once it is over.
The problem with second novels in this type of series, is that the author has revealed most of his best ideas in book 1. The characters are introduced, the bulk of the world building is done, and the intriguing premise on which the book is based has been spelled out. All this is true of 'ToF', and it does lack the fresh feeling of reading something very different, that so thrilled in 'EoL'. Still, one can't complain about an author sticking to a winning formula. The story is fast and strong; preposterous, yes, but certainly entertaining. Ideas fizz off the page; the amount of technical innovations does occasionally threaten to overwhelm, but Morden manages to hold it all together. By not over-explaining the technology in his novel the author keeps his plot moving fast.
In this volume Morden expands on Petrovitch's very personal moral code. This, combined with musings on the nature of advanced AI, give the novel some substance, without which it would be little more than a schlock gun-fest. 'Theories of Flight' is a worthy successor to 'EoL' and with several tantalising threads left untied volume 3 promises much. I'm sure Morden and Petrovitch will deliver.
The story so far: In book one, Petrovic arrives (name probably altered to protect the guilty).
He is a cyberpunk living in a post apocalyptic London from Russia on a student visa. He is a genius, but also verging on the psychopathic. Did I mention that his heart is shot and he suffers periodic cardiac arrests? A single act of kindness results in making enemies of the Yakusa, the Russian Mafia, the police, the Church and the local militia. A thrill-a-minute, page-turning tale follows in which, pausing only to discover the Theory of Everything, he manages to defeat, elude or make friends with his enemies. What more can fate hold?
Book two certainly manages to avoid the usual trouble with trilogies with the pace sagging in the middle. First-something nice happens to Petrovic! He falls in love, marries and gets a new mechanical heart! Now that he doesn't have to collapse so often, he has time to invent antigravity, Artificial Intelligence and a black-hole generator. As before, this is his undoing. England north of Watford Gap revolts and invades the south, trapping his wife. Foreign powers decide he is dangerous and send assassins to kill him and missiles to destroy London. The pace doesn't let up as he finds his better self, attempts to protect London, save his wife and stay alive. With his Amazonian wife and his AI friend, three are stronger than one, but this is still a nail-biter, verging more towards Military SF than before in its intensity.
Excellent read again even if I would prefer a gentler place for my escapism. Don't the next generation ever ease up?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just as enjoyable as the first one in the series (Equations of Life). I like the fast pace.Published on 23 Sept. 2014 by Alan
This is good. You need to read the books in order. I have read 3 and there appears to be a No 4 which I have not seen yet. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2014 by B C STARK
Book 2 of series follows pretty much the same pattern as the first. Samuil (now a Professor) manages to find solutions to the equations of life and uses them to almost rescue his... Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2014 by EvilEdna
Iloved this series - cannot recommend it highly enough. Clever and action-packed. Do yourself a favour and just get the trilogy - you'll buy it anyway. More please Mr. Morden.Published on 17 Aug. 2013 by sf_hound
Still and enjoyable read, Theories of flight has Petrovich become a physics celbrity. But he is concerned about someone trapped in the East End of London and sets out to the... Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2013 by Robert
Not a bad read at all, however, the second and third volume do not fulfill the promise of the fist one, as they are a little bit tedious and lengthy. Read morePublished on 1 May 2012 by Marcel B
I'm giving this same review for all three Merozone books, which I read in succession. They're entertaining enough, and the writing is quite competent, but didn't leave me... Read morePublished on 23 April 2012 by Teemu Leisti