Top critical review
a pleasant story probably
13 March 2017
decided not to finish it (40%). mostly due to a matter of taste. it was a little soft around the edges. but the characters bothered me most.
some positive reviews note a strength of this story is that it is not centred around a 'white male'. i agree. the problem however is that the characters are such gender specific cliche's that it is no much more sophisticated than an Iain Banks 80's hero objectifying a seductive young woman.
this came across (again i didn't finish it) as a story that preferred not to indulge in technological details in favour of focusing on individuals, nuanced relationships and difficult decisions - 'Aurora' did this especially well. Unfortunately here the elements were too simplistic and uninteresting for me to want to stick around.
Should you read it?
If you felt like the Red Rising trilogy was fast food garbage but at the other end Aurora was maybe too dense or even boring then maybe this will hit a sweet spot for you.