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Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
Based on all the rave reviews, I had high hopes for this book. It’s certainly a couple of notches above other science fiction novels I’ve read lately (all of them with rave reviews). If Mr. Weir’s editors had leaned on him to cut 150 pages out of the text, this would have been a stronger novel.


1. The characters are individualized and (mostly) likeable. It’s really nice to have a male protagonist in a sci fi book who’s compassionate, caring, and human.

2. Plot twists and turns kept me reading in spite of some long tedious sections.

3. Alien life forms are creatively and imaginatively rendered.

4. A bit of humor here and there helped enliven the story.


1. The author is mainly concerned with engineering solutions to survival problems–one after the other after the other. Some of these are exciting, but there were just too many.

2. The plot drags on and on as one technical problem after another takes center stage. If you’ve been dealing with computer, electrical or mechanical problems in your own life, you might find the endless series of equipment disasters a bit frustrating to read about.
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