I’m shocked and disappointed that this book got so many bad reviews. I have never read a Dan Simmons book that was less than masterful, and this book is no exception. As always, his research is impeccable, which allows him to make a distant world vivid. The characters are compelling (one of them is from Children of Night, where he is much younger).
Other reviews have complained of boring stretches and romance. Some parts go into biology details, but I found these parts fascinating (and they are important to the story). As for the romance, well, I have no idea why a love interest is a bad thing. The characters are human, after all, and humans have love interests, so it’s quite realistic. But even if you dislike a bit of romance, don’t let that deter you from reading, because it’s actually quite a small aspect of the book.
I enjoyed the reader. None of his voices are irritating, and one of them is done exceedingly well. I feel that his performance enhanced my reading experience.
This is a must-read for every human on this earth.
I read a lot of novels, rarely venturing into the too depressingly realistic realm of non-fiction. This book has made me vow to read more non-fiction from here on out. This book isn’t just about what the world will be like without us – it weaves together the world before us, the world with us (and our pollutants), and the world after us. Wiesman does this with uncommon skill. His tapestry plunged me to the depths of despair (yes, this book has many horrible facts about what humans have done to the planet) and then carried me onwards and upwards to lands of hope and reverence (Wiesman counteracts the dark places of the narrative with many inspiring moments and ideas).
The performance is just what you want for non-fiction: clear, non-irritating, and appropriately emotive.
Read this book. It will make you think. You will learn so much.
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