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Science Fiction Reviews

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‘Children of Time’
by Adrian Tchaikovsky

"This is the scaffolding of evolution, the incremental accumulation of knowledge, society and the relentless drive to create, to build and to understand. It's just not just for humans. After a series of devastating wars and environmental degradation Earth has been destroyed and the last of the humans venture out in search of a new world to call home, heading on a one way trip for the planets where the earliest experiments in terraforming had taken place. Worlds that did not stand still in the absence of humans. New species have fought their way to the top of the evolutionary chain and are intelligent, socially complex and ready to defend the home they have spent thousands of generations building. This book is beautifully constructed, weaving an elegant tapestry of what an Earth without monkeys to dominate it could have been, encompassing physical adaptation, the emergence of social structures for survival, the development of religion to understand the big questions in life, the role of technology, clashes with other species for dominance and movements to address fundamental injustice and prejudice. It is a hugely encompassing page turner, without question my favourite book so far for 2018."

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‘Ready Player One’
by Ernest Cline

"Set in a time where virtual reality has become as all-encompassing as the internet is today, Ready Player One is about a future completely preoccupied with the past. Saturated with ‘80s nostalgia, pop culture and early video game trivia, this book is pure teenage fantasy. In this future, an in-depth knowledge of video games is enough to win the girl, become fabulously wealthy, fight baddies and become famous. Overall, this book is bubble gum fluff with characters drawn in broad strokes, and a plot that plays out in cinematic style but mainly without substance. A fun, easy read with absolutely no surprises."

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‘The Left Hand of Darkness’
by Ursula K. Le Guin

"This book, published in 1969, is startling for how current it feels as it examines the role of gender by creating a society where it simply does not exist in any meaningful sense. An envoy from earth tries to make sense of a world in which people are changeable and perfectly fluid in their gender. Warring with his own sense of distrust that stems from knowing that those around him may be one thing or another and gradually learning that these people seek not to deceive but are simply whole persons without a defined set of gender characteristics, he finds friendship through acceptance. This book encompasses everything from the high politics of kingdoms circling one another with postures of distrust over intergalactic treaties, the cross cultural barriers and misunderstandings that can lead to disaster and a desperate struggle for survival against the elements in a frozen tundra. It is above all beautifully written."

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‘Off Armageddon Reef’
by David Weber

"‘Off Armageddon Reef’ follows the story of Safehold, humanity's last home world. Ridden with corruption and deceit, the people of Safehold are hidden from the truth&peruiod; Weber combines humour and action to captivate all readers. An epic story, it creates a solid base for future sequels."

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‘A Thousand Pieces of You’
by Claudia Gray

"Marguerite's parents are brilliant physicists who have dedicated their careers to developing a prototype that will for the first time make interdimensional travel possible. Captivated by the scientific implications of an exciting new frontier in the practical application theoretical physics they are blindsided by the betrayal of a protégé who erases their work, murders Marguerite's father and escapes to another dimension. Determined to get revenge Marguerite plunges after him and so begins a chase across dimensions that are both strange and familiar. As she works to keep her balance navigating the lives of alternate versions of herself while trying to uncover the plot behind her father's murder the true implications of interdimensional contact unfurl beyond anything her parents could have predicted.

"This book is reasonably fast paced and despite some rather eye roll worthy plot twists (An alternate life as princess? Really?) overall it wasn&aops;t a bad read. If you enjoyed Amie Kaufman's ‘Starbound’ trilogy and you're looking for what to read next, this book by New York Times Bestselling author Claudia Gray is the beginning of a whole new adventure."

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