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Against Gravity Paperback – August 1, 2013
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Gary Gibson is the author of The Shoal Sequence, The Final Days series, and the two stand-alone novels Angel Stations and Against Gravity.
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I'm sorry to say that this was a tough slog. I had downloaded Stephen King's new novel, *Mercedes* into my kindle a few days ago, and was certain at some point I'd simply switch this Gibson novel off and read something worthwhile, thinking surely, Gibson would redeem himself in some way by the end. After all, I recall enjoying *The Thousand Emperors*. I confess I can't recall the plot or it's characters a couple years later, but I recall enjoying it. No such luck. Well before the end of the novel I was dismayed to find myself wishing someone would put the protagonist out of his absurdly adolescent self-righteous misery, so Gibson could focus his attention on some characters in the novel about which the reader can actually develop some concern. No, unfortunately Kendrick survives to the end evidently with the future of the human race in his hands. I wish I had the hours back I might have turned over to King's new novel. And though I confess I only spent $5.49 on a kindle edition of this novel, I should have vastly preferred to spend it on some well spiced haggis if I'm already doomed to spend my money on offal. Skip this one. I'll read very, very carefully the reviews of Gibson's next novel before I consider giving him another chance.
What I found most terrifying about this book is its realistic claustrophobic atmosphere, the feeling that this could happen anytime, to any of us.
Gallmon and Draeger end up working together, briefly, to get passage to a giant abandoned space station in orbit, the Archimedes. The Archimedes, which was abandoned because it became overrun with nano-technology (the same as that in Gallmon's body), holds an AI that has supposedly found one of the most powerful forces in the universe. The Omega Point, a point in space and time at which one has unlimited energy, has been found by the AI, and now Draeger is going after it. Gallmon's only interest in going to the station is to find proof that Draeger was responsible for creating The Maze; his knowledge of the Omega Point, however, leads him on a different path than the one he'd planned for himself.
This is an excellent book in so many ways. I really enjoyed Gary Gibson's writing style; his descriptions were so vivid, I felt as if I was there in the Maze myself. I also enjoyed the characters, who for the most part seemed very realistic; each had their own flaws and inner conflicts they had to struggle with. Finally, the science aspect of the story was the best part, and the part that drew me to the book in the first place. HIGHLY recommended!!!!
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