Seveneves

Seveneves

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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Five thousand years later after a catastropic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers--seven distinct races now three billion strong--embark on yet another audacious journey: to return to Earth.
Publisher: [New York] : William Morrow, 2015.
ISBN: 9780062190413
0062190415
0062190377
9780062190376
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)
Alternative Title: Seven eves

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zedteem
May 29, 2017

I wanted to love this book. Lots to recommend it as noted by other reviewers. In the end, I think the erratic pacing and my lack of empathy for the characters (especially in the last section) overcame my appreciation for the audacious scope and technical detail. So I ended up liking this book.

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burt_harris
Mar 20, 2017

Very well done, tops my reads so far this year. The time dynamics are astonishing, covering both hours and millennia with equal drama and imagination. .

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tjdickey
Jan 23, 2017

Stunning in scope, and fearless in the writing. To begin with the sentence "The moon blew up with no warning and for no apparent reason" and to be able seamlessly to start a section with "Five thousand years later" should give some sense for the breadth of Stevenson's narrative, and he delivers with an extremely compelling narrative. Don't expect to be coddled by the story, but do expect to be challenged, to be surprised (by sudden death and all-too-human failures), and to be thinking all the way to the final pages.

CMLReads_Kristin Nov 01, 2016

This one will appeal to those who loved all the realistic science detail in The Martian, though without the fast paced action. Lots of opportunity for deep thought and discussion. A bit long for a book club book, but Seveneves begs to be read and discussed.

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sat7
Sep 03, 2016

I have been a hard science fiction fan for most of my reading life. This Novel has made literary moves I had yet to experience with great alacrity and aplomb. This work has done them proud. I was refreshed technically and learned much. Good stuff Maynard -

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Logovore
Jul 18, 2016

I like the premise and the fact that there are strong, capable, tech-savvy female characters. However, there are great swathes of sufficiently technical material that it feels less like a novel and more like a technical manual. When there is action/character development/dialogue it moves very well, but overall the pacing is very uneven. I think that this would have worked better as a trilogy, with more space to show rather than tell the evolution of the end-society from the beginning-society.

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smitha_rama
Jun 14, 2016

If you're looking for a really long Hard Sci-fi novel with an abundance of female characters, a little bit of dystopia, and an open-ended conclusion, this is the book for you. Couldn't put it down near the end; it's been a month since I read it and my mind keeps wandering back to the story and the characters, would definitely recommend it (while warning any future readers that they may find themselves skipping through a lot of technical science-y ramblings).

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logscribe
May 18, 2016

Good enough to finish, but that's it. Stephenson misses the human story almost every time.

The earth is going to go up in flames in about two years. How about a closer look at what that does to the little people, but just the game-changers? How about a look at some different perspectives? First Nations reactions? Something?

People are stuck on Izzy/Endurance/Arklets amd it's awful. How about instead of the political maneuvering (I almost stopped reading at that point), and more about daily life? You're going to design a world and expect me to be invested, how about you bring me there.

Eight women left, many of whom hate each other, raising a boatload of daughters together in extremely limited circumstances and trying to do a good enough job that these children can shoulder the burden of carrying on the human race. Forget the rest of the book, just write eight hundred pages of this. Or zero, I guess.

A whole new human race! Whole new cultures! That we barely get to see on any sort of human scale, because Stephenson likes the shiny tech more than he likes the people it affects!

Some of the shiny science was fun, but it's like candy. Yes please, but maybe also include dinner?

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Marge2015
Apr 14, 2016

Hard core SF, exquisite detail and a brilliant read! Characters are excellent but I would have like more of them at times. Loved it!

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Rebole
Mar 15, 2016

I have to admit the detailed science explanations lost me a couple of times but I was still able to enjoy and understand the story. This is the first Neal Stephenson book I've read and it really sucked me in and blew me away.

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