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This review is based on about one and a half hours or so listening as I couldn't take any more than that. I couldn't stand the narration style (although I can see he is ' being in character') and I didn't like the main character or really understand what his role was for ages. It felt confused and disjointed and I won't be revisiting this one.
An unusual protagonist, a well paced novel written with irony, that talks about something important in an accessible way- what else can you ask from a novel? I really enjoyed this, and loved the protagonist's way of describing what's happening around him. I'm certainly going to listen to more books by this author.
"Different and compelling."
This was compulsive listening and I didn't want to put it down. I found it genuinely chilling in parts. Recommended.
"Highly derivative attempt at apocalyptic sci-fi"
Well written, and based on the premise that the CERN neutrino anomaly was proved by others to be the seismic shift in scientific thinking it might have been had it been more than an anomaly due to equipment tolerances within the accepted scientific range.
Deliberately choosing as the narrator someone on the Asperger's spectrum did lead to the narrative flow being stilted and, at times, annoyingly repetitive. This might have been less annoying on the page, but did lead to this listener zoning out and having to go back. But, from my experience, these traits are true to the character. The sustainable development message that underlies the plot was well-informed, but might have been wrapped up in the narrator's conclusive remarks in the final chapter.
Those are the negatives. On the positive side it is, as mentioned, well written and well informed. The narrator succeeds in giving what could have been a charmless lead character the depth and wit that has gone into writing him.
However, it owes more than a little to just about everything ever written by John Wyndham - from Day of the Triffids and The Kraken Wakes, via the Chrysalids to Chocky with great chunks of the Midwich Cuckoos thrown in for good measure. John Wyndham's originals - albeit written against a cold war, rather than a capitalist, resource-exploitation background - are still relevant and a more original and pleasureable experience than this.
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