I would not recommend this book to a friend or a Sawyer fan. It is the only Sawyer book that I've disliked so far. Heretofore I could count on the author to always give me a 5 star listen. He does fringe technology well and he does characters well, usually. From a pre-pubescent teenage blind girl in his www series to elderly people that get rolled back to their youthful states, in Rollback. Heck, he can even write Neandertals!
But the characters in this book were two dimensional. I liked none of them, and was interested in none of them. The main character was a space cowboy womanizing type. The story was about treasure hunting. The science part was about moving a person's consciousness to a new non-biological form. Sawyer has been playing with consciousness for a long time in his novels. Maybe set the idea down for awhile.
I'm 3/4 of the way through and I'm forcing myself to finish it, but not enjoying it.
The reader does a great job. A good voice for the role.
honestly? written a different book. there wasn't any "new" science material in this book. No new ideas I haven't heard about before. That paired with boring characters made it a lousy read.
Imagery of a stripped down model without much flesh on it, but with a copy of someone's mind inside it.
Yes. There were a few places where the characters spoke of acronyms and mnemonics for learning scientific things. I added those to my personal toolbox.
This is a book I would read instead but have not yet. I like Greg Egan, he's one of my top authors. But this book borrowed much from physics and needed diagrams. I couldn't think or follow at the speed of an audio book narrator. I imagine if I had book in hand, I would read certain parts numerous times in order to "get it".
Not the narrators fault, the book merely doesn't lend itself to the audible medium.
I initially thought this book would be a bore since it covers plotline already uncovered in prior books in this series. Who cares about another point of view, right? Wrong. Listening to Zoe's perspective on events was a treasure.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was how the narrator did the teenager voices. It's not that the narrator is bad --in fact, she performed them accurately! I just don't like how teenagers sound.
It's a young adult read that doesn't transition enough into being enjoyable for adults too. The issues are a bit too simplistic. I'd try to enrich the subplots, but then it would lose its place in its genre. So, leave the book as it, it just wasn't right for me.
It was good as it was actually. I'd have psychoanalyzed the cast a bit more. More followthrough.
Can't recall. Enjoyed the reading overall though.
Pawn put me in mind of Hunger Games, wherein you can rebuild a lot about a person's externals.
Good book for listening to but not giving your full attention to. So like, while driving, doing errands, etc.
Top 10 but not top 5.
Will Trainer, the disabled fellow.
I loved the voices in this one. I'll search for more by this narrator.
Yes. I listened to it everywhere. The shower, walking to work, even in bed with a sleep timer.
I can't offer any suggestions for improvement.
I think you'll like this book if you enjoy rich characterization and people learning about themselves and changing over time.
Yes. I've been needing a new author to dive into, and I'm not completely turned away from Bova.
I liked the fork of the species. I would have liked more characterization (or even a sequel) about the new earth inhabitants. I'd like more about their culture. It's like there was a great framework for a story...and then...no story.
Yes, I did like the characters. The main squeeze wasn't believable though.
It is a great premise for a TV series. But every episode would have to invent a new plot.
Neat idea, elaborate on it. The story ended before it began.
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