In my work I drive extensively and listening to books makes the miles and time speed by, but with 'SPIN' the miles drug on and on. The story line is weak at best and the characters make you wish they were on Mars. I like science fiction but the subject matter was so far out there that little made sense, and it took forever to get to the point and then there wasn't one. I tried to explain to my wife what this book was about but I had to admit even I didn't know.
Once again I have to disagree with many of the reviews. For me there is to much characterization in this book. Remember when you were looking forward to finally see a new science fiction movie only to find out it was 10% science fiction and 90% down to boring earth! The book is the same. For me there is to little science fiction and once again way to much relationship byproduct!
This book might appeal to teenagers who have little background knowledge in evolution hence have something to learn. Character development is poor and the plot spins out into the wild blue yonder ending up nowhere. I can't understand the high rating this book has received. I was totally hoodwinked!
Thanks to those of you who recommended books you consider more worthy of my dollars. I love it when folks recommend books they have enjoyed.
Spin is an awesome story. It contains fascinating speculative fiction and is delivered with brilliant narration. The best sci-fi I've encountered since Cloud Atlas.
The overall concept, which I won't spoil more than the publisher summary already does, is creative and reasonably novel. While the characters are very realistic, and much time is spent in developing them, I found that they really weren't that interesting. The concept is good, but probably not deep enough to warrant a novel of this length. I finished the book, and don't regret reading it, but it wouldn't be at the top of my recommendation list.
I purchased this based on the intriguing premise of this astronomical anomaly. The story however was inconsistent. Plot and subplots seemed to drag at times due to the conflicts or issues just being boring. Having said that, the narration was top notch but couldn't help overcome the story issues.
I breezed right through this Scott Brick narrated delight. The premise is fascinating and big in a way that many many authors wrestle with following through on but this book actually delivers. If you like big idea science fiction this one's for you. Solid sci-fi with a big heart.
Written by Robert Charles Wilson, narrated by Scott Brick, close to eighteen hours of listening in unabridged format. Spin, released in 2008, is book one of a series published by Macmillan Audio.
Three tweens witness the beginning of the Spin by watching the night sky as all the stars blink out. Shortly the world learns that the stars are still there, but not visible because the earth is covered with a ‘membrane’. Beyond the membrane time is passing with sufficient speed to make the sun go nova in 40 or 50 years. In other words, time beyond the membrane is very fast. The story takes place over a few decades and the kids grow up … one becomes a scientist, one a doctor, one a cult follower. The synopsis and other reviews will provide more detail, but this is the basic thrust.
Why I liked. The Spin is very creative SciFi and, unlike other apocalyptic stories, the future isn't necessarily doomed. There are the predictable events, such as mass suicide, cults, insurrection to a degree. Some people and countries take advantage of the situation for the good of mankind and some for not so altruistic reasons. Realistic human behaviors. Fundamentally, the future is unknown - as it is in the real world. Some of the science is really thought provoking, i.e., the processes involved in building another habitable planet.
Not so hot. Some of the science is just plain silly. For example, man terraforms Mars in a very short time, within a couple of years. This is fine, and works well into the imagined world of of Spin … time zooming by quickly beyond our ‘membrane’. However, and this is an oops by the author in my opinion, the technology and sophistication of Mars doesn’t move forward at the same phenomenal rate … no more than Earth. Everything that happens is because of the ‘brain power’ or actions of earth and it’s science - nothing from Mars. Mars should be billions of years more advanced than Earth and in the Spin, it is not. Mars should be taking the lead, right? Doesn’t make sense. The ‘hypotheticals’ - the unknown alien force responsible for the Spin - are undefined. No ultimate understanding is presented by the author. I guess this is the reason for sequels, but there wasn’t enough substance for me to care.
Regarding narration, Scott Brick is, well Scott Brick … great.
If you like SciFi, you’ll find something to enjoy. But, there are holes in the story, imo.