I prefer hard SF and speculative fiction. This book provides an enjoyable amount of technical detail but I felt that the main discovery seems to have been delivered flatly and in a rush with too much attention paid to character driven action and affairs.
Be warned. The audio sample is not representative of what the full recording actually sounds like. It's a roller-coaster of loud, explosive sentence starts and barely audible endings. It sounds like noise gate filter gone horribly wrong. I gave up trying to listen to it without earphones.
What Larson did here was just swap the main character with his son and left everything else the same. Literally. And you know what? I'm a sucker for it. Keep them coming.
I found the first part of this book really exciting, but things developed so quickly and I started to wonder what could the author possibly do next with the story. The second part of the book seems simply attached to what had already happened and I did not have fun listening to any of it. Perhaps this should have been a short story and not a book.
What starts of as an attractive plot develops well and doesn't fall flat at any stage during the book. This is an exciting and fun book to listen to, from start to end.
Three is set in a fast-paced, post-apocalyptic world with patchy human settlements scattered around hostile and unforgiving land. The amount of scientific and technological concepts and innovation is minimal but satisfying.
Remember that feeling when you hear things like "microfilm" and "magnetic tape" on an inter-galactic space ship in classic science fiction? I can imagine someone in the year 2113 reading this book and not be disappointed with the subtle technology Posey weaves into the story. He's a futurist.
Don't be discouraged by reviews which highlight the lack of background story. Author's gestalt approach allowed me to conceptualise my own version of the world rendering the book highly interactive, engaging and personal.
While this is not the very best book I've purchased on Audible, it's certainly the one that kept my attention right through to the end. So many times I literally couldn't go to sleep until I found out what happened next.
This is the most satisfying hard science fiction read since Asimov or Clarke.
What makes this book great?
1. The amount of science and technical detail.
2. Plausible situations.
3. Characters' optimism.
4. It's funny! It made me laugh out lout plenty of times.
What could have made it better?
Some situations seemed quite unrealistic taking away the well-established realism of the whole story. Although I enjoyed his optimism, the main character felt "plastic" at times. I felt that there would be moments where any individual goes through a bit of an emotional turmoil facing adversity in a hostile environment. The author could have painted the main characters' emotional state better throughout the book.
I was quite surprised at how things developed in this book, especially around the overlords look. I was given something unexpected to think about and was quite grateful for that. A great book.
I love the concept and I love the story. I would have enjoyed it even more if there was more emphasis on speculative science and technology.
I really like the main concept behind the book, but wasn't too sure if the Earth-side affairs were as interesting as I hoped they would be.
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