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I would give it 6 stars!
on February 17, 2016
An elephant researcher as a main character?! How can this not be enjoyable?! Wonderfully written, with plausible imaginings of not too future Earth, and colonies on the Moon, and Mars! This is no cyberpunk, it invites thoughtful reading, the attention is in the details, the story is developing slowly, there is a lot of care for the technology and science to be conceivable in the next couple of hundred years. An Earth where ecological disaster has shifted the habitable areas to Africa and underwater, where crime and terrorism are controlled by the Mechanism, which means permanent and omnipresent surveillance, even benevolent...There are a lot of important issues that are brought up, food for thought, things that are already starting to confront us.
I do love Mr. Reynolds' voice as a writer, the undertones of melancholy, like someone that still spends hours looking into the night sky! And then how can you not appreciate his subtle humor when you get sentences like this: "The zookeepers could be overwhelming until you built up sufficient exposure tolerance. Sunday had passed that point years ago: the wilder excesses of their starry-eyed idealism now ghosted through her like a flux of neutrinos. "