Old fashioned SCIFI with all the vices and virtues that entails. A future history of Mars is plausibly and convincingly postulated; however the characters are awfully wooden and the plot devices to keep the same set of characters front and centre for the novel's duration are unbelievable and sap the story of momentum....Continua
A pretty credible account of the colonization of Mars in the 21st century, Robinson has clearly done his homework in areology. A bit of a heavy read, but - hey! Fancy building a settlement on Mars! How cool is that?
Even if fairly "obvious" in a few plot twists, this is one of the best sci-fi saga I've read since a long time.
I was re-reading DUNE and, once I was over with it, I needed something similar: vast, deep, with intense analisys of concepts such as our role in the Universe, the nature and reasons of our choices and ideologies... it all packed of quite good characters (except a few that aren't worth it) and set on the Mars stage, which the author represents with a fairly good scientific accuracy (with some "mistakes", probably there for the sake of dramatization).
It is fascinating, it is PURE SF, it is well conceived, it is a credible representation of our future and it makes you think about a lot of things, so it does what SF is meant to do: recommendend to everyone ^_____^...Continua