I'm not sure I've ever read science fiction quite like it. The depth of political analysis is astounding and well-balanced by masterful storytelling that vacillates the reader through ever increasing levels of tension and surprise.
The idea of the story was good, but it just
didn't seem to fill out. Characters came and
went with no particular significance
Cherryh is a wonderful world-builder and this is one of her best. I've got a shelf full of her works - no, two shelves - and have re-read them often over the years. Admittedly, her intros are often long and may be sometimes dry, but always are important and set the story in its proper place. The readers do a great job. I will listen to this one again, and look forward to the sequel, Regenesis. Highly, highly recommended.
This is an interesting world, and the ideas at play in this book are fascinating. The idea of politics being played in some future, where the rules of the game are pretty similar to today, was interesting only in seeing how the characters internalize the game. There are questions about value and your value as compared to the others around you. What makes a person special, or just Azi. And some ideas were wonderful, for instance I do wish I could just go in and get new tape, so I could do a new job or learn a special skill.
At the beginning of the book I was a little worried it would all be politics, but as the characters develop I was mesmerized. My husband on the other hand just never cared... so while I get why it was a Hugo Award winning, my husband didn't get it :o)
I do recommend this book if you love science fiction and have some time, as it's a long one.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I dearly love this book for all the hard questions it asks about nature vs nurture. It's one of Cherryh's very best out of so many excellent books. I think its' harder to sit down with a trilogy, which is how it was first written, all in one lump.
The politics are a huge part of it, but I was much more fascinated with what makes us who we are, and how our agonies form us into something perhaps more able, more strong.
I'm hoping for audible to cover more of Cherryh's work
I didn't like this book. The analysis of an event takes 2 to 4 times the time of the event itself, the characters are all second guessing the words and actions of other people. When they have finished analyzing and second guessing, they talk some more about it.
This snake pit unsurprisingly produces characters that feel insecure or have other personality problems, which are discussed in length, of course.
It's kind of unfair: the characters have almost eternal life, so they can afford to waste their time this way.
The narration was excellent, but then this book had to be read.
This is the only book I've ever deleted from my iPhone and after only the first download part !
Let me spread the blame a bit here...I also found the narrator terrible- especially at the male voices...she sounded cartoonish with almost every male voice. She may be great in another type of story but here I found her just the wrong choice.
As for the story itself....I found that the author didn't take the time to get us at all interested in the characters and the story feels like a bad soap opera...complete with lot's and lot's of OH (or "MY") GOD'S" usually followed by some crying.
No wonder she writes under a pseudonym.
Like I said - deleted after first part and even that was downright painful......
Narrator was fine.
This book is full of single dimensional characters, and none of them are likable. To much politics, not enough development of the character.