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  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1608)
    Story
    (1622)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Very disappointing"
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    This was my first Alastair Reynolds book, and it will surely be the last. The basic idea, a moon pulling away from the solar system and the crew of a ship stuck on it and being pulled into interstellar space had the smell of potential, and it made me get the book. However, it is a mystery how it got so positive reviews. John Lee is a good reader, that was alright. But the story was flat, the characters without any real depth, many parts of the story without connecting relevance, the contrast between the two main characters too black and white.
    The prologue/epilogue seems completely out of place, without any function. To summarize, I cannot recommend this book at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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