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"Something for everyone: space combat, interpersonal tension, and aliens, ultimately leading to a story about survival."--Kirkus Reviews
“Compelling and innovative. In unpredictable ways... Barry takes a story that has been done countless times before and makes it seem original.”--Associated Press
"A fast-paced, intelligent military space opera...Barry brings his skills of characterization and satire to the fore...Barry delivers some stunning action sequences and provides a bittersweet resolution."--The Guardian
“Providence is an absolute treat. Pulls the trick of being both irrepressibly old-school sci-fi and creepingly relevant to the data-driven future.”--Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible
“An astonishing novel! Providence is Philip K. Dick and William Gibson fueled by pure adrenaline (with a bit of Spielberg and Ridley Scott thrown in). The brilliant, unstoppable imagination of Max Barry glows on every page of this action-filled, yet emotionally resonant, tale. It will keep you riveted from first page till last. I read in one sitting and I guarantee you’ll do the same.”--Jeffery Deaver, author of The Never Game
"Action-packed and unsettling, Providence is a sleekly-written parable about the absurdity of war--and the deeply human urge to destroy everything we don't understand, whether it comes from a distant planet or right here on Earth." --Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous and The Future of Another Timeline
“I could not put Providence down until I’d finished it in one thrilling sitting. This is science fiction at its best—a ship so believably alive and characters so determined, flawed, and compelling that you’ll forget you’re not also part of the crew.”--Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M
"Max Barry has a true comic writer's pessimism, imprisoning his crew in a ship as indifferent and unreadable as any alien enemy. What must this ship think of its crew? Are they its children? Or an infection it must deal with? Providence is a light-hearted thriller with a superb dark, existential sting in its tail."--London Times
"After all this myth and fantasy, time for some proper SF with aliens and futuristic hardware. Max Barry’s Providence sees the four-strong crew of an AI-controlled spaceship shot into deep space to take part in a war against a reptilian extraterrestrial species nicknamed salamanders. Claustrophobia and isolation lead to tensions on board, while the ship itself, almost godlike in its indifference to the people within, pursues its mission regardless. The result is a quirky, character-driven commentary on the mechanisation of conflict and the sheer perversity of human nature."--Financial Times (UK)
About the Author
- Publication Date : March 31, 2020
- File Size : 3332 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 318 pages
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons (March 31, 2020)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B07V526L7X
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1529352045
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #103,759 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Beautifully written and instantly captivating, Providence assigns a character to be the point of view character in each chapters, allowing us to get into their heads and really care about them. If you've ever found yourself surrounded by narcissists, for instance, you will understand that Barry seems to have lived through that as well and he's used it to fuel his writing.
His alien species has a neat hook that gives the entire novel an element of scientific horror to it - as physics advanced in the real world, Barry was able to use that to make his aliens terrifying in a really modern way. Even with how gross they come off to us - normal humans - he still manages to bring forth feelings of sympathy with one hand while taking it away with the other.
I liked spending time with everyone on the crew. There is an element of subtle melancholy to this book that I don't know that I've seen before with his work but that sort of works perfectly in the world we're living in at the moment.
Best book I've read in a long time. I loved it.
(You can trust this review more than the last one because I am able to correctly count the number of people on the ship which, and I cannot stress this enough, is four.)
Aside from the slightly depressing and abrupt ending, almost like Max said "I'm done writing, the end!" This was a great book that made me feel like I was reading one of the classics from the 50s and 60's but with more modern concepts. Fans of Max's earlier works will not be disappointed, and fans of Sci Fi should enjoy this as well.
SciFi has two additional hurdles to make the story work, world building and creativity. Both are a difficult balancing act and Berry does a superb job at it here. This book reminded me of Old Man’s War combined with Fuzzy Nation, Starship Troopers and a bit of 2001 Space Odyssey. This book had everything, world building, creativity and most of all, action. What it did lack though was romance. Could’ve at least used a smidgeon of that.
This story only has four characters, two strong female roles, and two male roles where the characters are flawed.
What worked so well for me was how the author set the conflict with great motivation and verve in three pages. Just that quick Berry had me by the throat pulling me through the text. In the way I deconstruct novels, there are four parts of the story arc, conflict, complication, crisis, conclusion. What was also interesting in this book was how the story slipped too soon into the crisis. I have seen this before and what happens is that the action isn’t sustainable the reader can suffer plot fatigue and get dumped out of the story. Berry meshed or integrated the complication with the crisis and it worked wonderfully. In fact, I’m going to go back and reread it to analyze the structure to see exactly how he pulled it off. Great craft.
If you like a good space opera, this is an excellent one and I highly recommend it.
David Putnam author of the Bruno Johnson series.
I finished the book but I can only give it 3 stars. 3 becuase the idea behind the story is simply amazing, I love books about aliens. I’m mostly disappointed though.
I couldn’t connect with the characters either. I didn’t like them at all,
Better written than it deserves.
Top reviews from other countries
Another fabulous book by this author & what continues to surprise me is the theme for each book is so totally different but the storytelling is witty, interesting and well written.