I borrowed this book from the library, I noted that while it had been borrowed on at least 10 different occasions (going by the date stamps at the front) no one had seemed to have gotten further than the first 100 pages or so! (judging by the creases in the spine). I have to admit I found the first half of this book really annoying. The first 100 pages or so were quite confusing, the different levels of the planet and the different forces, once it became clear that it was Earth it started to make more sense. However, The emissaries themselves and the power they represented were terrible! Their destruction seemed to make no sense and was totally unjustified. The retelling of the Biblical stuff kinda made me angry and actually seemed worse than the original. The stories of the failed terrorists were ok, though I found myself much more sympathetic to the terrorists than the colonials!
Just over half way through the book settled into a diary by Rachel Sherman and I have to say that I realy enjoyed her parts of the book. Her diary was quite sad and isolating and her perspective on the destruction of the world was really interesting. She was a woman who'd been shut off from any of the important things, her brothers both did more, while she was left alone and when finally she was able to take action she ended up dying. It seemed to say some rather disturbing things about women. But the couple hundred pages of her writing I really enjoyed.
The last part after that though I didn't care for. The trial of europeans seemed a kinda stupid idea and rather improbably in a society that had fallen into anarchy several decades before. That and it was just dull! The ending where life returned to it's original "perfect" form seemed kinda pointless and unnecessary. It made the whole story and all the changes in it seem pointless.
All told I was quite disappointed in the book. Though the diary of Rebecca I did like enough to try and read the next volume....Continua