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Product Details

  • Series: Great Ship Trilogy
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Books (March 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607014262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607014263
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tom Alaerts on February 24, 2014
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This book feels more like a YA novel. Nothing wrong with that, yet it would be more honest to market it that way.
But that is not why I rate it 3 stars. I had however higher hopes after good experience with a number of the writer's imaginative short stories.
Without really spoiling anything, the book follows a very peculiar kid (the initial chapters were quite well done); soon his presence in a far-future kind of bizarre human colony that has regressed to steampunk technology level will trigger disastrous violence. It also turns out that he is not alone, his siblings are even more peculiar and scary.
I prefer not to say much more about the plot, this is enough to set the scene. The worldbuilding is rather nice and original, I could see this work as a modern animation series for example. But sadly for me the plotlines and characters did not really work. It is all in all a pretty simple adventure story, again nothing wrong with that, but the interaction between the characters and rivalry between the bizarre siblings is not as suspenseful or emotionally interesting as I would have hoped. This is a hefty book if you read it in paper format. I love big books, they can really immerse you; but a book should never feel stretched, and here I regulary have that feeling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glynn M. Owen on November 15, 2014
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It's hard to believe that the same author who wrote "Marrow" and "The Greatship" came up with the tiresomely endless drivel that is "The Memory of Sky." Don't waste your time or money on it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Heard on August 13, 2014
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A confused book that doesn't know what it wants to be. The protagonist is a magical little boy with a pet monkey, and the whole thing seems very Young Adult, except for the parts that aren't. Big parts of the book felt like filler. Also there were some Great Ship bits sort of bolted on at the end for some reason that didn't make much sense or serve any purpose other than to justify the "A Great Ship Trilogy" subtitle.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James A. Wright on March 25, 2014
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This trilogy constitutes a parallel story line to the one happening in Reed's previous novels Marrow and The Well of Stars, as well as in numerous short stories and novellas. Many of us have been patiently waiting for that story line to come to some sort of resolution, as Well of Stars left us with a wee bit of a cliff hanger.

Well-written and quite exciting in places, the three novels that comprise Memory of Sky tell the story of an odd foundling named Diamond who is clearly a child of the immortal humans in the previous novels (his "brother," King, is a Harrum Scarrum, the martial, armored species also seen in the previous works). Diamond takes part in--and may be the catalyst for--a series of adventures (culminating in a war and ecological catastrophe) in a sealed habitat, evidently onboard the Great Ship. {The actual location is revealed on the final page, which location is obvious to readers of the previous two novels, Marrow and Well).

As always, Mr. Reed delivers the goods: His rare imagination and engaging style make this worth your while to pick up (BUT, I think you should read both Marrow and Well first, as those would give the neophyte a clearer picture on what is going on here). I give it four stars only for my slight frustration over still no resolution to the previous novels, and for the very poor editing (there is at least one typo on every page throughout the book).
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Under the appearance of a classic science-fiction story, The Memory of the Sky is one of the most usual novels I have ever read. From the world and the characters to the way it is written and it plays with reader’s mind, this book is an extremely immersive, strange and alien experience. Some people say that this novel is not as good as Reed’s short fiction. It’s true that the American writer is maybe a little too ambitious and tries to do way too many things in the book than is humanly possible to truly explore, even in a 600 plus pages novel. But a novel doesn’t need to be as clean and as perfect as a short story, and even if The Memory of the Sky fails in some of the things that it tries to achieve, it is one of the most memorable works of fiction you’ll ever encounter.

A word of advice: Read it like me, a book a month, because I think that this trilogy works better if you don’t read it as a whole in one go.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David L on June 11, 2014
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This story goes nowhere. There is a lot of great writing, ideas, and plot, but nothing is accomplished or revealed. It's a bit like Lost: questions are continually hinted at but never answered, and their relevance to events just grows. Unlike Reed's other novels, this leaves the reader dissatisfied, always expecting explanations that grow increasingly more complex to fit the story to arrive, but they never do. Reed's other books are great and this is good for a while, but feels 50 pages too short.
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I really enjoyed the world created here by Robert Reed. It really evoked a sense of wonder at times. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the ending of the trilogy is horrible. It just sort of crashes and burns, much like the fantasy world created by Reed, at the end. It's still worth a read, but I hope a sequel is forthcoming that will tie up loose ends.
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