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I wasn't prepared for how much I would care about the characters
on June 5, 2014
I had mixed feelings about starting this series, and yes there were plenty of times when I skimmed over the more dry and technical sections. But I was completely unprepared for how much I would care for the characters by the end of the series.
For the first two books they felt more like narrative devices than full fleshed out people - a way for the author to explore different aspects of colonisation. And that was fine, I was happily along for the ride.
But it's a long ride, and by the end they start to feel like old friends. And then those old friends start to reach the end of their run. They suddenly seem so much more human, so much more vulnerable. I found myself tearing up at several points during particularly poignant goodbyes.
Taken together, this book completes the trilogy by instilling it with the emotional investment that wasn't necessarily present in the first two. Bravo, Kim Stanley Robinson. Bravo.