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The Death of the Universe: Hard Science Fiction (Big Rip Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07ZY7QGXQ
- Publisher : Hard-SF.com (February 15, 2020)
- Publication date : February 15, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1653 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 318 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 3947283822
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #54,741 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Now, that's worth a good four stars because the SF explanations are plausible and the overall storyline is engaging. But Morris does stumble over one key area: Characters. The main character, after living billions of years (and therefore accumulating experiences and thought processes far beyond us and our 80-year lifespans), is..um...SHALLOW. As in, horribly lacking in self-confidence, prone to thinking constantly with his little brain, and clumsy physically and emotionally. In other words...Morris has cast a 20-something Gen Z in the role of his protagonist. Except that this 20-something is more than 20,000,000,000 years old.
So: Oddball juxtaposition of a solid world-building and plotline excursion - with a complete doofus in the role of the hero. Good enough for four stars and buying the rest of the series, but not a 5-star effort.
I'm giving 2 stars because I'm the jerk that didn't even finish reading the book before giving a review.
What I did not like was that the main villain was named by Marie and Piere Currie. Personally I thought that was spiting on the memory of two quite groundbreaking scientists. Marie is the only scientist ever to receive 2 Nobel prices, and Piere is an amazing human for going against the prevalent social norms and refusing to receive Nobel prize without his wife being included. Naming a mentally disturbed character after them was really not nice. Worse is that only female character in the book of any importance was also declared mentally unstable and apparently got that way because she broke off with her boyfriend who happens to be the main character. Those two story premises really ruined the whole book for me.
From a storytelling point of view, there were few annoying points. First, an explanation of why the dead scientists are the main character was too late in the book. I was jolted out of the story each time I would bump into the name of long-dead scientists. I also did not like how the author plotted the end. it seems rushed, predictable, and borderline magical.