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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  

Seveneves

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June 2015 eBook of the Month.

Quite simply astonishing. Labeled as speculative science fiction, this is actually an all inclusive, wonderful colossus of a read so if you haven't tried sci/fi before, please don't be put off by the genre. The first sentence, so simple and yet so shocking, grabs your attention and plunges you straight into the story. Not too far in the future, the earth learns it’s on the brink of life extinction and there is a comparatively short length of time to prepare. Set in three parts, the first two deal with before and immediately after the crisis, the third book speeds forward to five thousand years later. It feels as though the author has seen the future and is allowing the reader to bear witness to this cataclysmic event in human history. Not only is this story a widescreen mega blockbuster, with great dexterity the author zooms in and concentrates on individuals lives and feelings. The techy and scientific elements are understandable, stimulating and weave through the story making for a fascinating read. Although this is a large book and offers a setting on an epic scale, it doesn't feel as though this should be the final curtain, there is plenty still to offer in this breathtaking and arresting new world. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Neal Stephenson you might also like to read books by Cory Doctorow, Nick Harkaway and Iain Pears.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Teresa O'Halloran - 'This had me gripped from the start. From the moment the moon explodes, I was enthralled. Now I can't look at the night sky in the same way.  It has completely changed my view of the solar system.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'A magnificent science-fiction epic.  Neal Stephenson has written a first class, apocalyptic tale with one of the best opening lines to a book you will ever read.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was an epic space voyage that was over 800 pages of awesomeness. The detail that was put into this was truly amazing...'
  • Clare Topping - 'With many interesting characters, lots of recognisable politics and several plot twists this is a really enjoyable, if long read.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'This book is amazing! Keeps you gripped right until the end. On the edge of your seat good. Keep up the good work!!'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'the concept of the book is brilliant...Not just anyone who has the passion for sci-fi or anything to do with it should pick up this book, everyone should read it.'
  • Elena Robertson - 'This is a futuristic novel set in space that I felt had an extremely interesting premise and despite too much detail on how the technology works I enjoyed and would recommend to science fiction lovers.'
  • Karen McIntosh - 'The moon is no more, humanity must try to survive somehow. Over 5 thousand years it does -but how! I was truly hooked from the start of this book...'
  • Suzanne James - 'A thought-provoking story of a future Earth that draws you right in to its tense plot.'
  • Victoria Emerson - 'Definitely a challenging read...The book is very well written and it is of epic proportions, but if you stick with it to the end you will certainly be rewarded.'  
  • Ian Tyreman - 'Like the descendants of the Seven Eves we are all very different. Whilst many people will find this book a fascinating page turner others (like me) will find it very heavy going.'

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Synopsis

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain...Five thousand years later, their progeny - seven distinct races now three billion strong - embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown, to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth. A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is at once extraordinary and eerily recognizable. He explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.

Reviews

Praise for Neal Stephenson: 'Genius
Time

'He makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin'
The New York Times

'Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the 21st century'
William Gibson

'[Stephenson is] the hacker Hemingway'
Newsweek

About the Author

Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is the author of eight novels, including the cult successes Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon. He has been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award six times, winning with Quicksilver. Four of his last five novels have been number one New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Seattle.

Maxim Jakubowski's view on CRYPTONOMICON...
From the author of the major cyberpunk opus SNOW CRASH, a massive tales of conspiracies that span the ages and the globe as wheels within wheels of clandestine espionage and secret history unfurl. Wide screen baroque at its best and what Pynchon would write if he were a science fiction author.

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Book Info

Publication date

21st May 2015

Author

Neal Stephenson

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Publisher

The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback

Categories

Science Fiction
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ISBN

9780008132514

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