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- Publisher: Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (October 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449842461
- ISBN-13: 978-1449842468
- Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces
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That said, many of the characters are still completely unlikeable and the plot device of “the treatment” is a little overdone (but necessary both to give a cause for civilization collapse on Earth and the recycling of “the 100” on Mars).
The most creative aspect of the story is not the science but rather the sociopolitical: the author depicts a Mars populated by several factions that sometimes cooperate and sometime oppose each other. I do think the character of Art is accepted far too readily by the other characters to be believable. But then again, this is science fiction, not reality.
Showing a world (worlds?) with both men and women, from different/multiple ethnic/national/linguistic backgrounds is the biggest strength of the story. As humanity rapidly approaches the possibility/probability of settling Mars, this scenario is increasingly likely and in that sense the novel poses a scenario of warning.
One last caveat: the print novel really should have been edited for ease of reading on Kindle. The paragraphs are far too long for mobile devices. Also, please please please stop the comma splices and run-on sentences, they are super irritating, it’s very jarring to read, thanks. Argh!
Members of the “first hundred” - the people selected to establish a colony on Mars and their descendants, they struggle, grow and eventually thrive on the surface of a transformed Mars.
At the same time the Earth, struggling with overpopulation and scarce resources and the writhing of powerful nations and company-states sees Mars as a new frontier to exploit and colonize.
This second book details the struggle and success of the people of Mars to become self-determined. The author’s modeling of the revolutionary process and all the competing voices in such a movement is masterful. Very inspiring.
Robinson clearly has some political and economic biases. Strongly pro-democratic, he is impatient with those who seek to establish dictatorial methods for short term expedience, well-recognizing that there's always an emergency that can rationalize the lust for power. He is also extremly skeptical of the benefits of untammelled capitalism with its greed, selfishness, dictatorial and dehumaninizing methods and utter disregard of community interests at large. Instead, he pushes a different (left of center) model of cooperative ownership by employees, which may or may not function in the real world. (There is enough experience now to say that one can not generalize.) The arguments, however--which occupy numerous pages--are lucid, reasonable and compelling, even if the conclusions are not what might occur in the world today.
Like any sequel, it lacks some of the novelty and drama of the first iteration, but it's still just as literate, erudite and compelling as Red Mars. Still, it is not flawless on the copy-editing front. Character names are occasionally misspelled, words missing, some sentences inartfully constructed. These are all errrors than an alert editor would have picked up and corrected without fuss. Hopefully these silly errors will be corrected in later editions.
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Unfortunately the stories format just didn't work for me this time
Oh, and a little bit about the rebels forming a coalition.
I skim read parts of it just to crack on because I wanted to get back to my life, as with the rest of the series.