Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?
He hadn't anticipated a situation where the right thing to do was neither safe, nor in the rules. Leo adopted a thousand quaddies. Now all he had to do was teach them to be free.
©1988 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Superb....Read, or you will be missing something extraordinary." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Bujold's best work in my opinion." (Science Fiction Chronicle)
Genre: Hard Sci-Fi (realistically unreal)
Rated: PG13: some sex but it's almost innocent sounding
Static or Dynamic: STATIC; even though the story is moving from crisis to crisis, it's not very... fast paced?
1st or 3rd Person: 3rd person: 5+ people to follow
Abstract or Concrete: Concrete; there doesn't seem to be a lasting moral that the story was trying to impart to the reader, nor a concept that needed to be addressed. It was very mechanical and descriptive; this happened and then this happened and then he said this and then she said that. Some people like that kind of Sci-Fi but I like mine a little more thought provoking.
Linear or Non-Linear: Linear, painfully so.
Narrator: The narrator's voice was rich like a warm cup of Colombian coffee! I really enjoyed listening to him but I didn't really care for whatever it was he was saying. Kind of reminds me of a sharp grand-pa.
Plot Outline: There is a space station with articial lifeforms with 2 arms where they should have legs. Sense they are in 0G in space, that is particularly useful. Sense they are company property, they are extorted and grow up in a zaibatsu where the company owns their destiny. Our protagonist is an engineer who is hired to train them and doesn't like that the poor people are being treated like slaves. Sense they are artificially manufactured, even though the are biological, they had to be raised and pretty much all of them, even the adults act like adolescents because of it. The plot ends up putting their lives at risk and so our protagonist is faced with a dilemma. Its abhorrently predictable and too easy to follow BUT if you are a slow paced kind of person and don't like all the flashy and hard to follow stories that seem to appeal to younger crowds, you might like this pleasant little book. I get the feeling this was a stage setting book for the rest of the series which, unfortunately, I won't be advancing through.
I enjoyed "Falling Free" because of its interesting concept of a group of humans genetically engineered as workers. This brings up ethics issues, and the characters have different views of the issues. So far, so good.
There are some general ethics issues. For example, debates on the merits of transparency versus cover-up.
And, I believe the Sci-Fi elements of the book are a strength. Clever and feasible technology.
However, the book had a few shortcomings as a novel. I did not find myself becoming particularly attached to any of the characters.
This book is a finalist for the Prometheus Awards "Hall of Fame" to be announced at Worldcon in September 2012.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
I have all the books in this series and highly recommend them all. Each book adds to your knowledge of the characters and, by the end of the story I found myself throughly at home with all the characters. I particularly enjoyed watching Miles develop from a young boy to a secure mature adult. Excellent naration. Worth every credit.
Ms. Bujold write characters that you can feel with. Great story about the little people bucking the system.
I listened to this years ago as a rental from Books in Motion. I wish they just used the same recording. The narrator on this version is bland, vs the rental which had a full cast. The book is still good and worth listening to.
It was boring.
The narrator seemed a bit lazy, like he was reading rather than acting.
Introduction of the quaddies and analogy to discrimation against any minority.
He was very good.
An hour into it and I just can's stand the narrator. He sounds a bit like Troy McClure from the Simpsons.
There were some interesting chracters but frankly I wish I hadn't bought this book. While the characters were intersting they just didn't match teh story's idea in my opinion. Perhaps I had trouble sympathizing with the characters but I just wanted the book over with.
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