Top positive review
Good Premise and An Interesting Read, but Loses Iself Late On
24 November 2017
I’ve read a few of Stephenson’s books and enjoy his writing, and whilst I really liked this novel, I can understand criticism of it too. I really liked the core premise (the moon exploding and humanity’s reactions... hardly a spoiler it’s in the first line!), and again how the story developed through the first two acts, but it fell flat in the third act and did struggle a bit throughout with pacing. On reflection, I think the third act could have been largely omitted, maybe just formed as part of an epilogue and personally, I’d maybe even just suggest passing over it as the story does reach a conclusion of sorts after the second act- each of the acts charts an Epoch of events and whilst heavily linked, there is a time gap with each (again, I don’t really feel it’s a spoiler as this has been well commented on before!)
It’s good, classsic sci-fi and fits into the more modern and realisitically accessible side of the genre so I liked it, and would recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of that area or who has read Neal Stephenson’s other work. Also, fair warning, it is a long read, and whilst I appreciate the detail, you should take into account this is a read to be enjoyed over a few weeks..
Personally, it’s one of the most original but realistic scenarios I’ve read about in a long time and justifies itself on that alone, so even if you feel the novel is too long, it’s enough of a must read that I would check out the narration on audible as it’s really well acted and clear to follow even on a busy commute!