The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.
The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.
©2012 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I can't even begin to say how much I loved this book. The entire world is so well thought and imagined. Its completely immersive and beyond interesting. If you enjoy understanding an entire world in a highly detailed way this book is for you. I tend to get bored easily when two pages are devoted to describing a planet but in this book you want never what the details to end. KSR has created a completely unique, strange and cool solar system that includes bird implants that allow people to whistle and think in different ways, hollowed out asteroids that people develop into unique societies that act almost like cruise ships in space, physical alteration of the body from gender neutral characters to incredibly tall and very small people and that is just the beginning. This book is really just beyond cool and interesting... I read it about two years ago and I'm on the hunt for something that inspires me just as much to no avail.
The narrator got a lot of flack in the reviews here but I really thought she was absolutely amazing- she has this icy semi-robotic way about her that fits the story and main character perfectly. It seems the author embraced that quite a bit as in his next space/sci-fi book the narrator actually has a robotic voice. I am actually desperate for their to be a follow up to this book.
You will not regret reading this book! It's the best.
Recovering rocket scientist turned maker
This is another Robinson incredibly complex future history. I loved the worlds he created and some of the biology extrapolations. But there was an awful lot of intrigue that was hard to keep track of in an audiobook. I might have given this five stars if I had read it on paper and been able to flip back once in a while to remind myself of who was who.
struggled to finish . maybe because I needed my dictionary thru out. Not a book I could have read. glad I got the audible.
It could have been about something. I was halfway through and still wondering "what is the point"?
This was my first Kim Stanley Robinson experience. I enjoyed the descriptions of the characters and the landscapes. I enjoyed the pace of the book. It moved quite quick despite the descriptiveness. What I didn't like was the vision of the future. If that's how we turn out, count me out. Honestly, I think I just don't like the vision. Almost everything else was pretty good.
I followed the story without too much trouble. I liked her voice though. Sometimes if you don't like the narrators voice, it's hard to listen. Listen to the sample first. It's not read or written in a way that's easy to listen to. I listen to most audio books while I'm doing something else. This one commands your attention.
Not in Kim, in the future history. I will definitely read another by this author but this particular story just didn't do it for me.
Although not my cup of tea, have a look at the plot summary and listen to the sample. You may be interested. If so, it's a read that will keep your attention for the duration.
When listening to an audiobook the reader's voice can really either make or break a listener's experience, and I truly enjoyed listening to Sarah Zimmerman. The story itself was right up my alley; I enjoyed the refreshing mixture of science fiction and philosophy, almost all of the events seemed entirely plausible, but most of all it wasn't your typical "Hollywood"-esque sci-fi action story. The extraterrestrial scenes which Robinson painted were absolutely stunning, and they perfectly captured so many of my hopes for the future of space travel. Overall this was a wonderful depiction of what human civilization could be like in a couple of centuries, and I'm so happy I read this book!
(Spoiler) One of my favorite moments was the re-introduction of a multitude of animal species back onto the Earth. I was actually a bit choked up!
This book takes some time--you definitely could not handle it all in one sitting.
I am surprised by the many negative reviews of the book! But then again, it's definitely not for everyone--it is a very long book and some of the story lines did kind of drag on, but overall I thought it was very well-done.
I only made it ~18% of the way into this book. I rarely give up on a book, but life is too short to read this one. Characters are flat. Too many irrelevant asides. Boring story. A real disappointment after the Mars series which I read many years ago and really enjoyed.
This is another great story from Kim Stanley Robinson which could be, but not necessarily, set in the same universe as the Mars series. I found the plot to be weaker than the Mars books, but the characters were extremely interesting. The story is about events leading up to the year 2312 and involves characters from Mercury, Earth, Venus and Saturn. There are descriptions of the rolling city on Mercury, and really cleaver ways of turning asteroids into cities and what might happen if we could do this. There are thousands of large asteroids out there. If we could hollow them out, we coudl put different environments in each of them. The plot involves people, politics, the way different societies respond to stimuli, and the way youth perceive things as opposed to those with more experience. For example, the sun walkers on Mercury walk along the edge of the sunrise as the planet rotates. Some walk for the glory of the walk, some walk for the excitement of the continuously rising sun, some walk for the beauty, some walk for the challenge. The lead character, Swan, is a sun walker, but her current view is much different than her younger days.
For hard core SF fans really- great detective story..terraforming...AI ...problems with the help..ha..ha..extraordinary characters and political intrigue...great love story too..get it!
As a huge fan of The Mars Trilogy, I was very excited to find out this book takes place in the same universe, so to speak. The sample first chapter really caught my interest, as it takes place on Terminator, Mercury--the city where one of the most memorable scenes in Blue Mars takes place. But in the end, the book did not captivate me even remotely as much as those previous books.
Partly it may be because of erroneous expectation on my part--I expected another epic story with complex multiple characters. 2312, instead of being a multiple protagonist story, is focused mainly on one character, Swan Er Hong. And therein lies the first problem: she's just not very interesting. In the Mars Trilogy, Robinson created some smashing female characters, very complex, very flawed. Swan is no comparison to Nadia, Maya, Hiroko, Anne, Jackie and Zo. Instead of being complex and flawed, she comes off as a bit of a pill.
The other characters are also not very interesting. Supposedly, there's a love story here, but it didn't resonate with me.
The tone of 2312 is far more pessimistic than the Mars Trilogy, perhaps because we're living in a more pessimistic time than when the Mars Trilogy was written. The story is not entirely hopeless, but it's still kind of a drag to think that even 300 years into the future, Terrans will be just as short-sighted as many are now. Especially since Blue Mars left us with a more hopeful vision of the future.
As usual, Robinson includes a ton of science that is very interesting, but without amazing characters and story, it comes off as very dry. There are some amazing moments, such as the description of Manhattan post-flood, and the reintroduction on Earth of extinct animals that have been bred in space. However, for the most part, it is a bit of a slog.
The performance is adequate (she's at least a better reader than the fellow who narrates the Mars Trilogy) but nothing special.
gee & unlay
Readers who love super hard core science fiction.
Something science fiction.
Yes. It was interesting but dragged on and on about subtle things about the main character that I just did not find interesting.
If you like hard core sci-fi that's ponderous and has a lot of techno babble this is your book.
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