John Redlantern is done with simply waiting. He is one of more than 500 people stuck in a cycle that was intended to be temporary. They are all waitin..Show More »g for rescue, because their parents and grandparents have passed down a plan which was constructed by their ancestors, more than 100 years ago.
Generations ago, 5 earthlings crashed on a strange planet with no sun. Three left, they were to come back with help from earth; Tommy and Angela stayed behind, waiting for their rescue. They become the original parents to a colony of their descendants.
Years of inbreeding, combined with limited knowledge, have addled most of their minds and bodies, but not everyone. John and his friends are forward thinkers. This story is about those who dared to ask what if we are stuck here? Shouldn't we start to live as if we will never be rescued?
Written from several points of view, the story seamlessly allows the reader to understand where the characters stand, and how they developed into their current ways of thinking.
The ending could be final, but it gives hope for sequels!
I'm actually surprised that Mother of Eden is my top pick of the year. It's a second book in a sci-fi trilogy that I was super excited to listen to - ..Show More »but I didn’t count on it haunting me all year long. Where Chris Beckett's first book intrigued with its tale of a small band of settlers in a strange world, the second book is grander in scope, and far more profound, tracking the next stage in the arc of civilization. For a relatively short work, this novel covers a lot of ground: it brilliantly captures gender role origins, linguistic development, empire building, and humanity’s innate tendency to seek out messianic experiences. It goes a long way towards untangling the question of how we got here as a society, and has led me towards works of nonfiction as well, fostering in me a new fascination with the history of human migration and colonialism.
I've both read and listened to this book, and while the print version is a totally fascinating mind bender, the audio version takes it to the next level. Following on the brilliant production of the first book, a talented multicast worked to become studiously aligned on the unique linguistic system that Beckett provides. Hearing the bizarre accents and turns of phrase puts the listener on the ground of this warring new world. I can't recommend this series enough - and it's not just for lovers of sci-fi. If you enjoy allegorical literature or speculative fiction, this story will pull you in.