Unlike most trilogies, this second installment is much better than the first, Time's Eye. While the first book lacks focus, the second book orients us clearly towards an impending catastrophic sunstorm. We know what to expect, but the authors expertly build up our anticipation. We can keenly feel the daring optimism of the ones responsible for saving the Earth, but at the same time the helplessness is palpable. Tension continues to escalate throughout the book, until the storm finally breaks out, and we see the inevitable destruction. But despite the horrible losses, the surviving humanity grows in hope evermore.
Sunstorm is a good novel by itself, but as a sequel we expect it to explain some unanswered questions from Time's Eye. Unfortunately it does not. We still don't know why the Firstborn create Mir by juxtaposing different time periods together. In other words, Time's Eye still seems to be completely unnecessary....Continua
It was a good read. The previous one left some nasty images in my mind so I postponed reading this one for a while, but I enjoyed. It was very vivid and the story is going into an interesting place. Very Clarke-style. Can't wait to read the next one....Continua