The vivid writing brought me right through
The narrator did an amazing job conveying the peaceful feeling of Shora and the peaceful beliefs of the sharers.
I gave the story 4 out of 5 stars only because there was all this build up to a climax that was not very climactic.
This book had virtually no plot. It was so boring, that I would start to nod off while I was at red lights. Freya flew from planet to planet to deliver items to people. Towards the end there seemed to be a small reason for her trips but at that point, I didn't even care because I had listened for 10 hours already. For some reason I must not have realized when I bought the book this would be an attempt to make a robot sex novel, so when those scenes first started I was suprised. Stross is not even good at writing a sex scene, even some badly wrtitten romance novels are sometimes worth skimming, just for a few good pages of hot steamy sex. Not this book.
The concept of the book was a good one, it was just done poorly. I felt no connection to Freya or any other character in the book. I did not care what happened to anyone in the book. Space travel may be sh*t, but so is this pathetic attempt of a space novel.
Don't waste your time
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I like fantasy books with a strong female character. However I had a very hard time liking Green. There was no character development, the supporting characters were flat and I felt like there was no cohesion with the story line. The first part of the book describing Green's childhood was ok, but the rest went on and on and on. If I heard Green say one more time "What would Endurance do?" or "I want to go home.", I think i would scream. There are much better books out there. Try Mya by Richard Adams or the Kusheil series.
This was a well read and well written book. The characters grew throughout and were not stagnant boring, 2-d people. The premise was creative and thought provoking. I liked all the references to actual historical events and people.
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