By Drew Magary
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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A good read, but, as happens more and more recently, the setting is much more compelling than the plot and the development of the characters. The setting is particularly involving because it is seen through very contemporary eyes: concerns for the over-population, hyper-medicalisation of the social body, epidemiological risks, all under the umbrella of a post-Cold war fear of nuclear disasters. Maybe that's also the flaw of the setting: given that it is set in a long span of time (100 years), it seems only reasonable that the world view should have changed, instead it is still very tied to our own biopolitical concerns. A part from this consideration, I would say that the plot is quite all right until a certain point, during which the foreseeable redemption of the mediocre, opportunistic and insensible protagonist takes place in very earthly terms. Granted, I thought it would have arrived earlier, so it was a relief that the POV maintained a cynical perspective until that point. The final part decreases in interestingness and finishes in a very much foreseen scene of hyper-redemption. Pity. The psychology of the characters and their development is flawed by the fact that it does not take into account the peculiarly long lives they live. Very pleasant escapist read, not a particularly exciting literary achievement.
Xexets said on Oct 18, 2011, 16:11