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The Memory of Sky: A Great Ship Trilogy Paperback – March 4, 2014

3.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Marrow Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Great Ship Trilogy
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607014262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607014263
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book feels more like a YA novel. Nothing wrong with that, yet it would be more honest to market it that way.
But that is not why I rate it 3 stars. I had however higher hopes after good experience with a number of the writer's imaginative short stories.
Without really spoiling anything, the book follows a very peculiar kid (the initial chapters were quite well done); soon his presence in a far-future kind of bizarre human colony that has regressed to steampunk technology level will trigger disastrous violence. It also turns out that he is not alone, his siblings are even more peculiar and scary.
I prefer not to say much more about the plot, this is enough to set the scene. The worldbuilding is rather nice and original, I could see this work as a modern animation series for example. But sadly for me the plotlines and characters did not really work. It is all in all a pretty simple adventure story, again nothing wrong with that, but the interaction between the characters and rivalry between the bizarre siblings is not as suspenseful or emotionally interesting as I would have hoped. This is a hefty book if you read it in paper format. I love big books, they can really immerse you; but a book should never feel stretched, and here I regulary have that feeling.
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I love Reed's style - it is poetic and descriptive and suits his subject matter very well. Reed is a Big Idea writer, which is to say, the fun in his fiction is not necessarily the destination, but how he dances through the worlds he creates. I have read all of his Great Ship material now, and I can honestly say none of it has disappointed me - and all of it has enthralled me. MoS is different from his other GS stories in that it is not, at least initially, a SF story. It's fantasy/steampunk - but readers of the GS stories will immediately understand the setting and see the bigger picture. Non-readers of the GS material will still enjoy this one if they enjoy truly original world building and a very original story. You don't need to have read the other novels or short stories (Marrow, etc) but I found the knowledge of those novels and the overall setting grounded me. If you haven't read them, the last paragraph of this book won't make any sense to you - but rest assured, it DOES make sense.

I love Reed's Great Ship world for many of the reasons that others don't - and I think that speaks more to individual taste than Reed's talents as a writer. He is fantastic. If you don't read MoS, at least pick up "The Great Ship" short story collection.
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It's hard to believe that the same author who wrote "Marrow" and "The Greatship" came up with the tiresomely endless drivel that is "The Memory of Sky." Don't waste your time or money on it.
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It was hard getting into the story, which was a surprise since I have really enjoyed all the other Great Ship stories. It was a good story in the end though. It certainly left a lot of questions unanswered. Upside down trees? Is Creation a slice of Marrow? Huh?
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Intriguing and nicely written in accessible prose, this tale of mysterious origins and unanswered cosmic questions held my interest. With just enough action and tragedy to make it exciting, Reed spins a wildly fantastic tale of a world both familiar and entirely alien.
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This trilogy constitutes a parallel story line to the one happening in Reed's previous novels Marrow and The Well of Stars, as well as in numerous short stories and novellas. Many of us have been patiently waiting for that story line to come to some sort of resolution, as Well of Stars left us with a wee bit of a cliff hanger.

Well-written and quite exciting in places, the three novels that comprise Memory of Sky tell the story of an odd foundling named Diamond who is clearly a child of the immortal humans in the previous novels (his "brother," King, is a Harrum Scarrum, the martial, armored species also seen in the previous works). Diamond takes part in--and may be the catalyst for--a series of adventures (culminating in a war and ecological catastrophe) in a sealed habitat, evidently onboard the Great Ship. {The actual location is revealed on the final page, which location is obvious to readers of the previous two novels, Marrow and Well).

As always, Mr. Reed delivers the goods: His rare imagination and engaging style make this worth your while to pick up (BUT, I think you should read both Marrow and Well first, as those would give the neophyte a clearer picture on what is going on here). I give it four stars only for my slight frustration over still no resolution to the previous novels, and for the very poor editing (there is at least one typo on every page throughout the book).
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I really enjoyed the world created here by Robert Reed. It really evoked a sense of wonder at times. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the ending of the trilogy is horrible. It just sort of crashes and burns, much like the fantasy world created by Reed, at the end. It's still worth a read, but I hope a sequel is forthcoming that will tie up loose ends.
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Under the appearance of a classic science-fiction story, The Memory of the Sky is one of the most usual novels I have ever read. From the world and the characters to the way it is written and it plays with reader’s mind, this book is an extremely immersive, strange and alien experience. Some people say that this novel is not as good as Reed’s short fiction. It’s true that the American writer is maybe a little too ambitious and tries to do way too many things in the book than is humanly possible to truly explore, even in a 600 plus pages novel. But a novel doesn’t need to be as clean and as perfect as a short story, and even if The Memory of the Sky fails in some of the things that it tries to achieve, it is one of the most memorable works of fiction you’ll ever encounter.

A word of advice: Read it like me, a book a month, because I think that this trilogy works better if you don’t read it as a whole in one go.
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