Blue Remembered Earth
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One hundred and fifty years from now, Africa has become the world’s dominant technological and economic power. Crime, war, disease and poverty have been practically eliminated. The Moon and Mars are settled, and colonies stretch all the way out to the edge of the solar system. And Ocular, the largest scientific instrument in history, is about to make an epochal discovery…
Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his long-running studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey’s family, which controls the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans for him. After the death of his grandmother Eunice—the erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur—something awkward has come to light on the Moon, so Geoffrey is dispatched there to ensure the family name remains untarnished.
But the secrets Eunice died with are about to be revealed—secrets that could change everything...or tear this near utopia apart.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Starts slow but finishes strong
On Reynolds web site he admits he takes too long to get into the meat of his stories. He's right. This book has a slow first half as he
sets up his story, but accelerates into the rousing tale that I remember from his earlier novels. Not his best novel, but worth a look from anyone who has enjoyed his previous work.
I've read all his books and this one is little different. He has a number of ideas but they never form a cohesive story. He wraps them up in a hurry at the end, almost like he realizes he is rambling and needs to "cut to the chase". This inevitably left so many loose ends I wondered what the point of the entire book is?
One of his books I read twice only realizing it when I became so bored that I was going to abandon the book and found a page marker from a prior read. I guess I hit the same limit twice.
Though I will forward to his next book, I don't know why. If you doubt me, read Terminal World and you will find it was poorly finished, again he says "excuse me for rambling, let me end this thing" and you will agree.
Not as good as previous novels
But still very good. Revelation Space is hard to beat.