- File Size: 1958 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publication Date: July 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073VBBRJP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,791 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Second Transit Kindle Edition
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Disclosure -- Got this Kindle book during its Free intro and the author is my son. Aye, must also say he's clever and a good talker.
The book is a series of short stories all set in the same world which gets badly damaged every ~2k years, but in each short story the decisions in the past influence the future stories though sometimes the link is tenuous.
It is at times a bit hard to follow with some of the stories following later in the same cycle, a few cycles after or some indeterminate time period after with the resetting of the world making it impossible to know how many periods after. It is implied (possibly said outright at some point though I don't remember for sure) that sometimes the reset is relatively mild while other times it is completely catastrophic. Presumably they finally escape the cycle when enough tech survives that the previous cycle isn't completely reset.
I would really like to read a full book set in the same world.
It feels like a very re-readable book to me. I'm sure I missed subtle (and perhaps not so subtle) links between the stories.
Each of the stories is compelling with a surprising amount of character development for what is a short story.
Each chapter has such depth that I think each could form the basis of a standalone book. However, what really shines in this book is how the author is able to tell these engaging stories in such a short amount of space while also tying the book together as a whole.
By telling a story about civilization over time, and the relationship between intelligent life and the environment, I think this book gives readers a lot to think about. On numerous occasions I found myself thinking, “What idiots!” in relation to the characters, only to realize the similarities to our own actions on earth.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone reading this review.
Enjoy the read!