Terrene: the hidden valley Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B004GNFUSO
- Publisher : ELCK Publishing; Kindle Edition (December 18, 2010)
- Publication date : December 18, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 860 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 398 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,309,355 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is a serious plot twist at the end that leaves me speechless, as I just don't know how to put my reaction into words without giving away any surprises. I immediately texted my daughter and told her she HAD to read this book.
Eric Liu has brilliantly combined entertainment with the ability to increase public awareness of our planet's looming destruction. Some ... well, a lot ... of the technobabble was way over my head which made some parts of the book kind of hard to wade through, but it was definitely worth the effort.
Boy, was I wrong. I loved the dynamic of Jane being stuck on nature, the world, and Ashton being stuck into the future. Plus, Flora in the far future after the Earth only has one valley left for life whose purpose is to find the key to bring back Earth, the rest of the planet, so it's no longer barren. But, my stars damn. My reaction when I found out Flora was just a realistic computer model, WITH NO BRAIN. Only a combination of the past scientists and Jane Ingram. My heart broke for her when she realized she wasn't real, she was freaking out of how she could feel pain when an arrow hit her, despite being not real.
The ending, with Jane speaking to Flora, telling her she saved their world. It's very bittersweet. I thought it was entirely a different ending. This. I just don't know. I've been sitting here for a week. This book ending is bothering me so damn much. I suppose it's a good thing? I'm not going to forget this. But, Mr. Eric Liu, if your next book dare does this to me again my Kindle may end up in a fireplace.
This book is well written, suitable for all ages and sexes, and interesting. It starts well and ends well, but drags a little in the middle, so just press on, the ending is worth it.
It's a complete book, with a single story with an end, not part of an ongoing endless series (trilogy anyone?) like so many free books are. I almost put it down in the middle, but was glad I didn't.
The twist at the end was not unexpected -- I saw it coming very early on, after Kandari's first overly long preachy lecture. Damn. Even though I knew it was inevitable, I was still interested enough in the characters to want to see what happened and how things were resolved. I sort of bought the technology that enabled it all, but not that it would happen at that level within the next 50 years (I can't really get into what, exactly, I didn't buy because that would involve spoilers).
And whatever happened to Flora's father? And there was never a rationale for what Romulus did -- what was the purpose? What did he have to gain? This was a key plot point and didn't make much sense other than to move the story to the next plot point and this is what made it a four-star review for me. I would also like to know what happened in the world in the end -- more of a resolution than we got.
In Terrene, a billionaire computer gamer creates a high/low tech, back to the future, secret mountain community to save his world from rapid global warming. Factions of the powerful in the present and the future threaten both realities. Wise ones in the present and the future guide each other through dreams and save both realities? It's meant to be inspirational, but it skims the surface.
In Marge Piercy's masterwork, a present-day woman is institutionalized as insane for her visions, which are a bridge to a future. The primary future draws a rich and complex utopia of peace and sustainability (with some creative, debatable aspects). The parallel future dystopia may be avoidable, depending on choices and actions of the two times bridged by the Woman on the Edge.
Top reviews from other countries
I am sure that the author could do much better and may sometime write a book worthy of the 5 stars that too many reviewers have given this story. I wonder whether they gave the rating for the story or the theme.