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While I do think incorporating physics settings/professionals in her novels, does give Smith some uniqueness compared to other authors, now it would be unique to me to see her write a novel that did not involve so much physics. I did like how she utilized the physics settings in each of the different universes; living in an abandoned physics building in one (this was very vividly described), working in a physics lab, and being a physics student/scientist in another. I also liked the way the different worlds were described, (interesting that Smith, like some sci-fi movies and TV shows, also hypothesizes that people in at least version of the future wear uniforms), with the technologies available in each universe (none, old, and brand-new), highlighting the differences between the worlds. I found the parallel worlds/multiverse interesting, but while I liked the nanobots, I thought that the way people talked in the first universe was ridiculous, just because the environment has been destroyed, does not mean that people would talk like they were in a Little House on the Prairie book. Also I think Smith would have been better served by not switching universes from chapter to chapter, but by doing universe one, universe two, and then universe three, then have them all converge at a certain point afterward. Having the different “Kats” in each of the different universes was definitely a bit puzzling at times as well. While I thought the different versions of the future (and the three “Kats”) were uniquely different in each of the universes they inhabited, I thought that the scientific bits were sometimes kind of hard to follow tho I did especially like the computers in the third universe, and the Pandora AI computer. The characters, as usual, were not very well-developed and mostly one-dimensional, particularly Pablo. The ending was a little predictable, but it was eerily scary to see how easily we could be facing extreme environmental changes and an authoritative government.
In this novel, science seemed to take up a lot more of the plot than it usually does, which meant that there were occasionally chunks of text that went over my head. Even though I felt the author did try to explain things, there are readers like myself who are just not good with the theoretical. I’d additionally like to point out that I live in a hurricane prone area and there is no such thing a Cat 6 hurricane. However, that may have been an authorial choice to emphasize how strong storms have gotten in-universe via global warming. Yet it could easily be read as a mistake by individuals that know better. Lots of people apparently Googled “Cat 6 Hurricanes” during the last storm and a couple of news outlets had to explain that those don’t actually exist, so there is that.
Kat Cubed is still an interesting story and mostly works as a light read. But that’s only if you don’t tax your mind too much trying to figure out the theories behind it.
A freak experiment using quantum energies to restore power on one world, environmental improvements on another, results in portals popping up seemingly out of nowhere, linking three separate and similar worlds. It also links three women, with similar personalities and unique missions on their worlds, Kat, Kaitlin and Katherine. Two of them are scientists, one interested solely in saving her people on a nuclear devastated world. Their main goal is to ultimately close the portals, and restoring comfort and safety to each of their home worlds, in spite of the powers that be on each one. An exciting and intense race against time, technology and governments to put things right.