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The Gravity Pilot Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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This is a layered story set against the backdrop of ecologic disaster 50 years in the future. On the surface it is the quest of a professional skydiver to rescue his girlfriend from the clutches of addiction and corporate greed. The action sequences are utterly convincing and immersive, and the author presents a fascinating prediction about how we'll interact with the internet in the future.
But this book also explores other big issues:
addiction - both on a personal and a societal level
the exploitation of the young by the old
the evils of corporate ethos, profit above all else
the nature of love and sacrifice
I really enjoyed Gravity Pilot and I'm still thinking about it after reading it last week. It's just a terrific SF novel by a writer at the height of her powers.
This is a great book. The author does a wonderful job of world building. The descriptions of this futuristic society made me almost feel the claustrophobia of the characters. You understand their motivations to take extreme risks to escape or change their reality.
The most interesting characters were the villains. They are unique and intelligent. The corporation's father and daughter duo are very well-written with their weird relationship and corporate strategies.
The only slight negative is that the main couple, Orr and Dyce, are not very memorable. His love for her is the motivation for many of his actions in the book and their love story was just average. The rest of the book more than makes up for this. It's full of action and surprises right up to the end.
But the book falls short in character development with all characters very one-dimensional, insatisfactory descriptions (most descriptions related to the atmosphere were a turned down for me), and unrealistic situations due to the simplicity of all the characters' personalities.
Then, after hundreds of mostly dull pages, the story picks up rhythm in the last few pages and the resolution is so quick and out of the blue that we are left asking "what happened"?