- File Size: 2019 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LU4NFN4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Swallow the Sky: A Space Opera Kindle Edition
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1. Once you've read the whole thing (likely at the cost of a several full nights of sleep) you'll go looking for other books by the same author only to discover this appears to be Chris Mead's first and so far only one.
2. It would be easy to miscategorize Swallow the Sky before you get too far into the book. The first section of the novel takes place on a single planet. The amount of detailed cultural strangeness Chris Mead came up with for that world and the first unpleasant surprise to befall the protagonist had me thinking this would be a novel focused on a single world created in great detail, with a fair bit of time devoted to exploring the ethnical implications of cloning. But that's not what this book turned out to be about at all. The detail and attention to world building I thought was signaling a focus on a single planet is just par for the course and the author has clearly devoted that same level of time and attention to creating distinctly different and fascinatingly detailed worlds everywhere the the plot takes the two main characters. Instead of a universe that exists in order for the story to unfold, Swallow the Sky constantly throws out details that kept me engaged and reading as much to learn more about the universe and history as to follow the central plot itself, which is my favorite kind of science fiction.
Rather than be tempted to post anything that might be considered spoiler, I'll close by mentioning that I'm posting this review in the middle of the night with work in the morning after being unable to to StS down since close to the 50% mark. Thank you Chris Mead for an absorbing and compelling read.
And what a wonderful space epic it is. Ignore the (numerous) punctuation errors and just read.
Another reviewer wrote "until I got to the end, which is a big fat Deus ex Machina." Not so. The definition "a person or thing (as in fiction or drama) that appears or is introduced suddenly and unexpectedly and provides a contrived solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty" is not met. The solution is repeatedly hinted at throughout the novel. In my opinion, the solution should have been completely expected. (But of course, I didn't).
From the book's facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/swallowthesky
"Chris Mead passed away on January 8, 2015. He left the rights for "Swallow The Sky" to his daughter, Johanna, with express instructions to keep improving the book and to keep working at getting it in front of readers. Chris knew that he would live on through his work.
With that in mind, a new edition is in the works. The text will be proofed by a professional, a new afterword will be added and, if the budget can stand it, the new edition will also include the first chapter of the unfinished sequel "Aiyana's Sky"."
The book needs proofing. There are more errors in this book than any other I have read. Syntactical, improper verb tense, misspelling, even words out of order. It didn't make the book unbearable, but I did find it a bit annoying.