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Against Gravity Paperback – August 1, 2013
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If you lived long enough, this could be your future, too
It is the late 21st century, and it is a very different world. Little is as it used to be, and many are not what they seem. Kendrick Gallmon, survivor of an infamous secret research facility called the Maze, is trying to pick up the pieces of his life, even though he knows his nervous system, which is riddled with unstable nanotech augmentations, is slowly killing him. Then one day his heart stops beating, forever, and a ghost urges him to return to the source of all his nightmares, a long-abandoned military complex filled with entirely real voices of the dead.
About the Author
- ASIN : 1447224132
- Publisher : Tor; Reissue edition (August 1, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 524 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781447224136
- ISBN-13 : 978-1447224136
- Item Weight : 13.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.3 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,432,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I found most terrifying about this book is its realistic claustrophobic atmosphere, the feeling that this could happen anytime, to any of us.
"Room for expansion" is a rather interesting euphemism for a complete failure to deliver on the tacit contract between reader and writer. In exchange for the reader's money, time, and attention, the writer creates and develops issues to hold that attention, then answers the questions and resolves the major issues at the end.
Gibson created a handful of intriguing dilemmas. Dramatic conflicts fascinating enough to keep a reader going through less than stellar prose. From time to time, you wonder if it's worth the effort to keep on reading, but the hooks have you hooked.
Last sentance -- " They waited there, suspended between Heaven and Earth" -- flips off the long-suffering reader by resolving / explaining -- nothing.
I have not seen this kind of contempt for the consumer since Roman Polanski's brutal hymn to nihilism, "Chinatown."
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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The book tells the story by swapping (rather confusingly) between different times of Kendrick's past.
It's a good book that holds your attention well, but has a rather disappointing ending.