Seveneves

English language

ISBN:
9780062190413

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4 stars (23 reviews)

Seveneves is a hard science fiction novel by Neal Stephenson published in 2015. The story tells of the desperate efforts to preserve Homo sapiens in the wake of apocalyptic events on Earth after the unexplained disintegration of the Moon and the remaking of human society as a space-based civilization after a severe genetic bottleneck.

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Review of 'Seveneves' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

All of the positive raving for this book is true! All of the criticisms are also true! Stephenson is his own thing and he breaks all the rules of fiction. He breaks them in a couple different ways in this book. When it's great it's REALLY GREAT. When it's not so great, it kinda sucks. At different moments, I wanted to give this five stars. It's a hell of a book and I absolutely recommend it to any "hard" SF fans. Know that the exposition can really be a brick wall in the storytelling and it's not artfully done at all. But Stephenson has certainly earned himself a place on the hard-core SF shelf with this one (if he hadn't already).

Review of 'Seveneves' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I really like the premise of this book. I mean the moon blows up pretty much in the first sentence and now humanity has to find shelter in space, using the ISS as a starting point. Sounds amazing, right?

This is my first Neal Stephenson, and I've picked this one because I really like the possibilities within this premise. The first third of the book is amazing. Clever characters, an apocalypse, people working together trying to avoid said apocalypse from wiping out humanity. Then Stephenson kind of trails off and in the end he presents a vision of the future that I find entirely too unbelievable for a science fiction book.

Apart from that I was really struggling with the execution. It's basically science porn. The world-building is fantastic. The science is well researched. And detailed. And fills page upon page. Mostly they're info-dumps and if I was a die-hard …

Review of 'Seveneves' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

LOVED this book. It's my first novel by Neal Stephenson, and I listened to 99% of it on audiobook, only turning to the hardcover for the epilogue. (Side note: the Audible recording is excellent.) The blend of hard science, space life, and human personalities and relationships was enthralling and intoxicating - it was one of those rare books that I wanted to start again as soon as I finished it.

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