Mr. Scalzi set the bar high in his previous books.
Saying that it is not as good as they are does not mean that it is not a good book. I found it to be entertaining.
This book seems to open the door to a myriad of possibilities, and I am waiting with excitement to continue the saga.
This type of Sci-Fi is typically not my favorite, however, the author has constructed an excellent character and event driven tale that constrains itself to reasonable extrapolations of science fact, while simultaneously reaching out in multiple dimensions which are humanity and human interactions.
Well done Mr. Corey!!
Good science fiction typically has good science at its foundation. While the science of the Dyson sphere I felt was meticulous, many other aspects of the story were not.
The story relied heavily on the stupidity of its characters to provide the fodder for a plot. It didn't take long for me to stop caring about the characters altogether!
Certain aspects of applied tech seemed anachronistic.
I personally would not recommend this story if you are a stickler for details, but it is enjoyable enough to keep you company while you do yard work.
I was almost furious with the first book, feeling that it was disjointed, verbose and scientifically ambiguous.
It was only my near obssesive personality that made me continue the duology. Thank goodness for personality quirks. This book was great! It explained many of the issues that I had with the first book (something that the first book should have done).
This was a geat listening experience, though a little heavy on the poetic flourish
This story is clumsily populated with anachronisms, and non-essentials juxtaposed with obvious scientific understanding.
The author, at times leaves the story behind, apparrently for no other reason than to showcase his abilities as a writer, The story moves extremly slowly, and the only reason that I trugded through it was the overwhelmingly positive reviews that it got and that I already spent the credit on it.
In the end, it was worth the credit but just barely. as abruptly as the first book ended, I dont know that I am interested in the main characters enough to find out what happened to them. I may or may not get it.
This has caused me to question the reviews that a book gets.
I listen to audiobooks strictly for a brief alternate reality respite from the rigors of everyday life. That said, the story must be engaging, technically correct (as I am a bit of a nerd), and have a fairly easy storyline to follow.
Swarm meets these criteria, especially with respect to being engaging. I find the characters to be somewhat two dimensional; however, in this foramt, that is not a negative. If the point of the book is the storyline, then the characters are somewhat secondary.
I am glad to have listened to this performance and will go on to the other books in the series.
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