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Outer Diverse Paperback – October 15, 2011
"Nina Munteanu creates a human future on the edge of chaos, and a multiverse that flows back and forth, one universe feeding into another...Munteanu illustrates her love of diverse ecosystems, richly describing complex alien eco-webs. Rich descriptions of biodiversity populate her narrative... She evokes in the reader a desire for exploring the miraculous diversity of life...Munteanu's narrative focuses on a woman who identifies as human but discovers that her body contains a richness of diversity, skills beyond human ability and often beyond her control."-- Speculating Canada
"Nina Munteanu is ... a master of metaphor ... a creator of fantastic worlds and cultures. She combines her biological background with the infinite possibilities of the cosmos and turns an adventure story into a wonderland of rabbit holes...Rhea Hawke is a fresh and multi-faceted heroine."--Craig Bowlsby, author of Horth in Killing Reach and creator of Commander's Log
About the Author
Nina Munteanu is an environmental scientist and internationally published SF writer of short stories and several novels, including "Collision with Paradise" (Liquid Silver Books), nominated for the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and "The Cypol" (eXtasy Books), nominated for the Ecata Reviewer's Choice Award. "Darwin's Paradox" is set in Canada's near future Ontario and Quebec.
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The action and the "good cop having a bad time" aspects of this story were handled very well. Lots happens and it is fun to get carried along for the ride.
The metaphysical/philosophical aspects did not impress me as much, but I am in two minds as to why. Is it that it is sometimes an awkward mesh with the plot, or is it the metaphysics and philosophy itself? I suspect that Munteanu simplified this aspect to appeal to a wider audience, and that this simplification does not sit well with me. It does not help that I was unconvinced by the concept itself.
BUT - this will almost certainly be addressed and expanded on in the folllowing books. This aspect of the book has a certain feeling to it, a "basic introduction to the concept" feel.
So I will be buying the sequel. The action is interesting enough to be worthwhile in and of itself, and Rhea Hawke is a likable enough character (if a little slow on the uptake at times). One of the plot "twists" was obvious to me very close to the beginning of the story, but I tend to pick up elements in books that most people overlook. You will have to read the book and decide this for yourself.
Which you should do, if you like futurist sci-fi and solving plot puzzles. This is a well written book, with a tight plot and lots of interesting ideas and events that maintains interest from start to finish. AND the backstory and metaphysical bits suggest the trilogy overall will be more than the sum of its parts, so that means two more good books after this one. Win/win!