- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix Pick (September 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604504447
- ISBN-13: 978-1604504446
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,448,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daughter of Elysium - An Elysium Cycle Novel Paperback – September 14, 2009
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There are four major problems facing Shora -- an issue with the longevity of the Elysiums (Blackbear's focus), the patience of the Sharers for the stupidity and short-sightedness of other other humans, a threat from one barbarian world that could destroy the peace of the galaxy (Raincloud's job), and an internal robotic problem that drove humans across the galaxy in the first place. Frankly these are too many major stories to be tackling and I felt that most of them were given shorter treatment than I would have liked; focus on the first three would have been great with a set-up for another novel to tackle the robot problem.
The Windclans were engaging enough that I'd love to read more about them. The Sharers are unique and intriguing and I fell in love with them in "A Door Into Ocean" so I'm curious as to their beginnings. The Elysiums seem frighteningly like us today as do the barbarians off-world in their blind pursuit of what each person or family wants regardless of the greater good. I plan to see if I can find more of these stories and start reading them.
I loved this book in its print version, so much so that I needed to get a Kindle version. The story itself is gripping -- a struggle of foreigners on a world full of nearly immortal people. A tale of cultures, feminism, grown technology and growing sentience, as well as the differences between the poor and the rich, the ageless and the short-lived.
I'm actually writing this because the Kindle version has a serious formatting issue about a third of the way through -- everything starts underlining. It's detracting from my otherwise happy enjoyment of the story of Raincloud, Blackbear, their children and the world of Shora.
(This would be 5 stars except for formatting. The book itself should be 5 stars, and perhaps the formatting should be a 2)
UPDATE: The formatting is supposed to be fixed. I haven't had a chance to go back and re-read, but this puts the book back up into a 5 star for me.
Each of these cultures is completely distinct from the others, with regard not only to manners, customs, and dress, but also some of their fundamental assumptions about how human society should be organized. The interplay between members of these cultures -- their conversations, arguments, and differing opinions -- bring to life a novel which might otherwise have been tedious. Excellent reading!