Bacigalupi invents a colorful and detailed future where human and quasi-human toil to survive. Grim but not without hope. The story takes place in a tropical and swampy South Coast and follows the struggle of two teenagers to escape their enemies and survive in a relentless world. The two protagonists come from very different background and yet learn to be with each other. The scenario and story show great inventiveness. Well written and read.
Very plausible storyline even for a dystopia n tale. No spoilers but the characters are realistic not superhuman. Well plotted. Think most will enjoy even with young main characters.
Geological engineer and unabashed science fiction nut.
Interesting basis for a story, but I wasn't a fan of the writing style. I LOVED Bacigalupi's other recent books Water Knife and Windup Girl, but in comparison the characters and story in this book fell flat.
I think this was largely due to the narrator. He sounds very young and overly eager - like every sentence is from the final epic confrontation in a teen mystery novel. His voicing of female characters was particularly disappointing and one dimensional.
I still love Bacigalupi's stories, but I'll just tell myself this was his first book from when he was in his late teens (even though it's not) to rinse the bad taste from my mouth. Not recommended. Get Windup Girl instead!
Elderly, bookish person, omnivorous reader, only bothers to review books she considered worth reading.
Absolutely the best science fiction novel I've read in years. The storytelling and world building equals that of the old masters of scifi. The necessary violence is handled well and described with reasonable restraint. I suspect a couple generations hence will be looking at this book the way current youngsters view the predictions of Arthur C. Clarke. A don't miss book for anyone who enjoys the genre or is interested in speculation about the implications of climate change..
The vividness and rich detail of characterization, setting, and plot gave this story the kind of riveting interest that marked the best scifi of the Golden Age. I literally read this book to the end without pause, couldn't put it down.
I had no trouble understanding every word though I kept volume at a barely medium level. He did NOT overdue the variation of voices and what dialect there was he handled with excellent restraint, choosing to successfully communicate this particular book over (sarcasm here aimed at the overactors who have ruined some Audible narrations for me) the possibility that enough remarkable voice changes would get him a regular gig on Cartoon Network. His voice was pleasant to listen to and kept to a reasonably steady volume. I thought his reading of this book was excellent.
I listen to audiobooks.
illogical plot lines.
incorrect data about construction and materials.
fantastical spewing of jumbled mess.
Two books that are similar to me in their portrayal of possible future events are Windup Girl and Seven Eves. This one was more "personal" to me because it explores the issue of "family" and the ties (both negative & positive) that bind. It also mirrors the biases and prejudices of culture & status rampant in the burgeoning political landscape we are currently witnessing.