I’m not a slow reader and still this book took me a year on and off. The world-building and scientific extrapolation are great, the plot starts very slowly and the style makes it a slog, but at the end is a rewarding book.
Not nearly as shocking as Daemon, but a worthy conclusion to a very interesting plot nevertheless. Its ideas on distributed systems, oligopolic capitalism , the hero’s journey and distributed economic & social networks will stay with me for a while.
I saw a friend of mine had recommended this book and I had to check it out. Its mixture of IT security, philosophy, gaming, mobile technology, economics and intrigue makes for a very engrossing read that mashes up all sorts of disparate ideas into a very exciting plot.
The only downside I can find is a certain ignorance of Hispanic culture and Spanish spelling where relevant, which struck me as a little odd. Still,I cannot recommend it enough.
Somewhere between post-apocalyptic sci-fi, the Japanese classic Battle Royale and a teenager telenovela, this is a seriously entertaining page-turner in the young adult genre. Good escapist literature, even if sometimes I was annoyed by the pumped-up teenage girl drama and continuous cliffhangers.
Every once in a while there comes a movie that makes you think when you’re watching but leaves you with a sense of wonder once it’s done. Based on a popular book I am yet to read, Cloud Atlas uses the same idea of the reincarnated group of souls as one of my favourite novels: The Years of Rice and Salt.
I like books on history, science, science fiction and the odd work-related thing, so I didn’t expect to like this one so much. Couldn’t put it down during the Easter weekend. The richness of the story, the well-planned progression and the variety of characters lent it an air of authenticity, even if some minor facts would on a couple of occasions detract from the experience (if you are going to write Spanish phrases, make sure you know how they’re spelled). I don’t give 5 stars lightly, but to me this is a classic like “Forever War” or “I am Legend”, mixed with enough Anthony Beevor to suspend disbelief.
Very interesting premise, well-paced plot and an ending that left me gobsmacked for a little while. Minus one star for almost stereotypical characterization in some cases that ended up distracting me from the book. A good effort from the dean of Canadian Sci-Fi nevertheless.