I really liked the wide variety of characters and viewpoints. Canada was an interesting setting choice. I cared about the characters and I thought the science was neat too.
This is an interesting concept, but I wouldn't read this again, and I'm not recommending it to anyone I know. Sawyer spends too much time preaching about how his version of neanderthal utopia is superior, and every one of these repetitious little sermons interrupts the narrative and takes the reader right out of the story. On top of that, most of the characters are completely flat and static. With only three or so well developed characters, the plots seem contrived, and those three are the only ones who are affected by the story. Everyone else is robots. It's as if Sawyer had this thought--hey, what if it's a belief in an afterlife that makes society suck--and instead of taking the time to explore that, he tried to write a persuasive essay in the form of a story. There are better speculative fiction explorations of why society is flawed, and I don't see enough original, compelling content to make this a better choice than the others.
Also, heads up: if you were taught to pronounce neanderthal like -tall, then prepare to cringe every time the reader says it.
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The characters were well drawn. The story line was very satisfying. There were no dead spots.
The story back on Neanderthal earth was quite dramatic.
Then Ponder crashed the trial.
Be ware your assumptions.
There is no evidence that Neanderthals had pet dogs.
This is a thought provoking trilogy with original refreshing characters intermingled with believable scientific imagination stirred with the right amount of human behavior and a little romance. A challenging story line that really works. When is the movie coming out?
Middle of the road
When the time wall is breached
A story out of the ordinary. You have to like Sci Fi
I like 'realistic' scifi and once you accept the basic premise this was well thought our and very interesting.
Stirlings Islands in the Sea of Time series
I purchased the first this book and right away downloaded the two follow up books. They were very interesting. Not a concept I had thought about before. Would love to see a 4th book in this series.
This entire series is a must for sci fi fans. Smart, fast paced, integrated - I wish there were more.
I have to admit that I've read a lot of "beach books" with simplistic characters and wooden dialog, but this one is special: it adds ham-fisted politically correct subthemes. Not worth listening to.
The maxim of "show, don't tell" is clearly one that this author has never heard. The book is heavier on science than good fiction. However, even the science couldn't get me to engage in the sequel. If this is a Hugo Award-winner...well, then, SF ain't what it used to be.