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- Publication Date : November 29, 2015
- File Size : 802 KB
- Print Length : 223 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B018R7TV5W
- Word Wise : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #713,064 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Not only does the author bring the reader into touch with the character's state of mind by recalling to each of us the way we perform repetitive and boring tasks ourselves, but he also brings the task to life. The author personalizes the experiences with little touches such as identifying the actual music to which the character is listening. (In the first instance, Joy Division's Dead Souls, which is wonderfully apropos if you know the music). The author's continued juxtaposition of the incredible with the prosaic continues throughout the book. For example, the task of mining asteroids requires the miner to periodically clean his space suit. Cleaning a space suit, I grant you, is not a sexy sci-fi concept and I don't ever recall it being discussed in any of the many sci-fi books I've read. But this attention to detail is what makes the book such a gripping read.
Some might describe the book as "hard sci-fi", but to me the level of detail and realism illuminate the challenges of space travel and mining asteroids. Such technical challenges are often glossed over when discussed in other fiction which reduces such a Herculean task as asteroid mining to the galactic equivalent of popping ice cubes out of a sticky tray. I will confess that I had to look up the term "ecliptic" that almost serves as a leitmotif for Trajectory (appropriately so). However, not only did I learn something, but it helped me better envision the problems facing the protagonists as imagined by the author. The dirty, dangerous, and apparently painful business of jetting about and vacuuming up asteroids comes alive through the author's deft and efficient plotting. The author's depth of knowledge bestows the action with its own clear internal logic without the need for some misbegotten plot device. Grounding the plot in a consistent reality amplifies the gritty realism of the action portrayed in Trajectory.
Without giving away and plot lines, I very much enjoyed the plot twists and character arcs. Reading Trajectory, the reader comes to empathize with the plights of numerous characters which is a tribute to how well the author has given the characters a vitality of their own. The author has a talent for painting the background scenes with a controlled spareness: just enough description to bring it in to focus and to highlight the action in the foreground. Thus, Trajectory moves at a rapid pace carrying the reader along with it as it traverses space and the ecliptic. The marooned nature of the colony and its outposts adds a forbidding air of desperation to the overarching story.
The novel ends on a cliffhanger. Apparently not to the taste of another reviewer, but it left me waiting for more. The book teases the reader with hints of what is to come with the so far lack of contact from far off Earth. Trajectory sets a desperate scene written with care, detail and nuance for clearly more to come. Trajectory also harkens back to sci-fi classics like Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Highly recommended for anyone who just plain likes a good story. In the interim, I'll be getting in on the pre-order action for the sequel.
the remnants of humanity are struggling seemingly hopelessly to survive. As the object neutralises New Providence's
means to mine the Asteroid Field ( A place of important minerals for the colony ) things start to look pretty rough for
the last 50 000 human beings alive in our Solar System.
I didn't find anything unusually bad, boring or under-developed about any of the characters. They weren't really
the most interesting in my personal opinion, but I did actually care about many of them to a decent extent. Some of
the things that happened to them were very sad, and left me a bit annoyed or angry on their behalf. They made me
care enough to finish the book last weekend. The thrills were there, a little, but I've definitely read novels with plots
that seem to mainly consist of twists 'n turns. The twists in Trajectory weren't that bad at all, but they failed to really
snatch 100 % of my potential excitement.
Nonetheless, guys, give this book a chance. It deserves it. No question.
The ending was quite abrupt. Almost jarringly so. At the time I am writing this review, I have just finished the second book and I almost wish that they had been combined into one, or that the endings came to a less screeching halt. While this may be a minus by my reckoning, it is far outweighed by all the good writing to be found from beginning to end of the story so far. I'm looking forward to reading this series to its logical conclusion as I get the impression that Mr. Campbell has it all well thought out.
I highly recommend The New Providence series to any lover of realistic (hard) sci-fi.
I'm not giving it 5 stars only because I'm comparing it to the best books in the genre. And because I'd love a larger world, with more development on the social side of that world and also even more science. Though maybe that's in the second book. But even as it is, just the first book, it felt very satisfactory reading it.
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way through until the end!
Highly recommended reading....
I have read many series in this genre. While I do respect the need for suspense sufficient to make you want to read the next book, I also think it important to bring the smaller matters to a conclusion providing some closure to the current book. Unfortunately, this book is moving right along and in the true Buck Rogers fashion just stops. To be continued….
I did not enjoy being treated that way and, not knowing whether that will happen again after the next book, I do not propose to read the next in the series. If you are prepared to continue on, not concern yourself with the foregoing, it is a pretty good book.
Robert M. Campbell has created a fabulous story of exploration and survival on (and off) Mars. Unlike many other Mars-centred books I've read, his science is rooted in the here-and-now, with small, but entirely plausible, bits of science fiction thrown in, like fusion reactors. There's no artificial gravity here, and no warp drive—which makes the peril these characters are in all the more real. Think the seafaring yarns of the past, with timeframes in weeks and months, not seconds.
A lot happens in this book, but this story doesn't conclude here. You're going to want to read the next books *immediately* after finishing this one, most of all because there are a lot of threads left untied at the end—intentionally. This isn't a story that can be finished in one book, or even two. The Mars colony of New Providence is in a precarious position, and, like most precarious positions, that can't be resolved quickly.
I'm definitely in for the long haul here. I finished this book, then *immediately* started the next. You're going to want to do the same, I think.
(Disclaimer: Robert M. Campbell is a friend of mine, but I bought this book with my own money, and wrote this review unasked.)
I recommend it. Maybe I will become a Science Fiction fan. Who knows. AQ good read is a good read regardless of the genre.