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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 19 minutes
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- Audible.com Release Date: December 4, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AHVT1W0
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Unto Zeor, Forever: Sime-Gen, Book Two Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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When he arrives he faces a lot of prejudice, but also makes a few friends. Most touching to me was his friendship with his simeaphobe roommate, and the channel that gives him a great transfer Imrahan, who I thought was a great character, and dedicated besides. I'm a sucker for the dedicated and loyal type dudes!
The love interest is a Distect Ilyana Dumas, is a gen, and a member of the Distect, a rebel group of gens and simes who advocate direct transfer for all. I freely confess Ilyana was kind of annoying. Just like her ancestor Hugh, Ilyana tends to fly off the handle a lot, but unlike Hugh, she is rather abrasive, and vehement in her utter hatred of anything Tecton. I can see her point at times, but I don't view the Tecton as utter evil. It does help people, and for the time when Klyd created it, was rather necessary in a world gone mad. However, Ilyana insists on sharing her negative opinion constantly, and this made me find the character abrasive and irksome rather than strong. She also suffers from the same condition her ancestor had- Underdraw- a Selyn over-production problem which is slowly killing her. Nevertheless, despite being somewhat annoying, she is also an interesting foil to Digen, and provides good contrast to Imrahan later on.
At one point in the book, Digen goes to live amongst the Distect. They are an interesting group of sort of Hippie mountain-living rebels who hate the bureaucratic Tecton. They have a sort of chaotic theory, and communal living-style which seems to work outwardly, but just like its founder based on emotion and what they 'feel is right'. Problem is sometimes what they feel, isn't necessarily right, and bad things can happen... (no spoilers). I would've loved to see some vestiges of Hugh at the Distect compound. Since he founded it.
Overall, this was a great book. I'd love to read another one featuring Digen. He was an entertaining character; I liked all the characters, particularly Imrahan. Would like to hear this is audio!
Edited to add, that Jacqueline has a draft of this book on her site called Sime Surgeon. Sime Surgeon was equally, if not better version of this story, plus, I really liked the extra details and plot in that edition. Reading them both was quite a treat, as the contrast between the characters and the extra detail really made for interesting reading.