Leaving an America now ruled by religious fundamentalists, young Guilford Law travels to Darwinia on a mission of discovery that will take him further than he can possibly imagine...to a shattering revelation about mankind's destiny in the universe.
©2007 Robert Charles Wilson; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"Wilson's two-tiered story structure reminds one of Michael Moorcock's work, but it is much more coherent and accessible. In the blurring of character identities, he is comparable to Philip K. Dick or to A.E. Van Vogt. He owes something to Colin Wilson and Lovecraft as well, in the discovery through dreams and archeological wonders of a hidden reality. That he is able to weld the two realities so fluently is remarkable indeed." (Publishers Weekly)
I got this audio book after listening to Charles Wilson's other titles on this site. I really liked The Chronoliths and Blind Lake, but this was a bit of a disappointment in comparison. It seems to take a while for the story to get going and even then it is disjointed and doesn't flow. I didn't connect with any of the characters and found I didn't care about their fates. I would recommend both Blind Lake and The Chronoliths, but this one I wouldn't bother with.
"A Great Disappointment"
Very complex plot, which in itself is not bad, but in this case poorly executed. Narration was very good, unfortunately the story was not. The lead character is in complete denial throughout 85-90% of the book as to the reality of his situation to the point being very aggravating. The ending is rather ho-hum and is not satisfying; when I read fiction I prefer the “good guys’ to win decisively.
"Not very good..."
Some interesting, but not overly memorable characters in a plot that fails to click or engage. I really enjoyed Spin by Wilson, and the sequel Axis was decent, but this was not a very enjoyable listen (narration was fine). One of the few audio books I did not enjoy.
"Not much about Darwinia."
I thought it would be more about the discovery of that new land Darwinia, but it turned out to be a boring saga about something rather other.
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