Published by HarperCollins UK on 2015-05-21
Genres: Fiction, General, Literary, Science Fiction
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The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain... Five thousand years later, their progeny – seven distinct races now three billion strong – embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown, to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth. A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is at once extraordinary and eerily recognizable. He explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.
This book was simply amazing to read. I chained it on the train from Copenhagen to Hamburg to Vienna, I simply could not put it down. Spanning 5,000 years, set on Earth as well as in Space I was gripped from start to finish.
Telling the story of a group of scientists trying to save the future of the human race against an unthinkable catastrophe, compounded by ethics and politics it was really engaging watching the story play out across time, with respect to all the individual decisions made along the way.
At 800+ pages, it’s not a short read, but none of those pages were filler, always building on what had come before to create a very rich world and galaxy. Neal’s research in to all the topics covered was really thorough and added so much to the world he created to, this books really has made me want to read more of his writings.