- Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Spectra (May 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780553290240
- ISBN-13: 978-0553290240
- ASIN: 055329024X
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 112 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
David Brin is a scientist and the bestselling author of Sundiver, The Uplift War, Startide Rising, The Practice Effect, The Postman, Heart of the Comet (with Gregory Benford), Earth, Glory Season, Brightness Reef, and Infinity's Shore, as well as the short-story collections The River of Time and Otherness. He has a doctorate in astrophysics and has been a NASA consultant and a physics professor.
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It's a heavy read at nearly 600 pages, filled with science and multiple plot lines that all converge at the end. However it is broken down into many small sub-chapters, so no matter how little time I had, I was always tempted to just pick it up and start reading. There were basically no dull moments the entire time, and the ending comes as a decent surprise. I almost never read fiction as I feel like it's a waste of time to spend so many hours on a book and to learn nothing, but this book is the best of both worlds.
I'm definitely looking forward to reading some of his more recent books.
The book has a unique structure, which adds to its charms. The book takes place in the near future, which makes the book easy to identify with. The Internet is as much a character in the book as the characters of the main story line. I think that the excerpts between chapters, which include sometimes irrelevant chatter from the internet user groups, makes the story that much more believable.
The book could easily have tipped into being environmentalist propaganda. But, the story treads a fine line of messages about the fate of the earth, and the effects of a short sighted outlook. If anything it definitely makes you think about the "What If's."
In all, Brin weaves a story that starts as multiple seemingly disjointed threads. The threads all come together in a an action packed and explosive ending. The eventual outcome may be a little far fetched, but the overall story is a fun ride with lots of highs and lows.
I read a couple of reviews here criticizing the shallow characterizations, but all of the characters seemed like real people to me. It has a great villain you'll love to hate, and loads of intelligent people having intelligent conversations.
If you don't like books that jump back and forth between several sets of characters and plots, then you won't like Earth. I happen to enjoy this format, to see how the various people and situations merge in a grand finale; and believe me, this book has a heck of a grand finale!