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Terrene: the hidden valley Paperback – March 8, 2011
About the Author
Eric Liu is a career technologist, amateur sociologist, and passionate futurist. He has technical degrees from MIT and Stanford and has worked in high tech companies in Silicon Valley for over eight years. He exercises his creativity through song, dance, and writing and believes that we make the world stronger by bringing disparate things together: art and industry, science and tradition, corporations and communities, and government and technology. He believes a story can change the world. What we read, watch, and discuss can have a real impact on our lives. His mission is to bring environmental issues and technology's role in solving them to the forefront through the power of fiction. Eric Liu is a featured author for fiction4change, a blog that promotes books that address important social and environmental issues. Check out www.fiction4change.org to find out more.
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Flora was one of the last live babies born in Terrene. After her birth, babies were born without brains. But as the last she was left with unpredictable fainting spells, earning her ridicule from her classmates and the nickname Fainting Flora.
Flora wants to know what is outside of the valley. She wants to know what happened to her father who dissappeared years ago. And she wants to know why she is having lucid dreams of a scientist named Jane. When she is accepted to become an apprentice at the Institute, she believes they may have the answers. The ending was surprising. I didn't see it coming.
I give this book five stars. The only flaw might be that sometimes scientific explanations are long and slightly technical. I don't agree that the book is fantasy. I consider it pure science fiction.
If Eric Liu writes another novel I will definitely read it.
The short story "Re:union" is not a teaser for this novel like some reviews suggested. There are things in common, like the environment, computers, and virtual reality, but that is all.
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.
With every word in this story, the author brings the characters to life & creates a hope for real-world change. Delicately dancing between an ideal future & a carbon footprint troubled present, this novel combines ecology & technology in a way I never imagined possible, while staying true to what history has taught us: humans repeat cycles of learning & cycles of destruction.
The characters are well-developed and honest. Most reveal several layers (not just the primary characters) while showing true emotions throughout the story: from our tendency to judge people as good or bad based on how they make us feel to the fatigue that comes at the end of an arduous journey that seems to have been in vain. The plot is well-planned and flows seemingly effortlessly towards a conclusion that cannot be predicted, utilizing nicely done transistions to form a very cohesive dual-storyline.
Flora's story is one of hope & faith. She is a unique heroine and her story is one that should be destined as a classic work of written art.
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.