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Hugo Award winner Elizabeth Bear has won high praise for her thought-provoking science fiction. The second in Bear’s powerful Jacob’s Ladder series, Chill finds the generation starship Jacob’s Ladder with a new captain—Perceval. As Perceval struggles with the ship’s recent damage, remnants of the rebellion still linger and a threat to the crew grows.
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tangled and intense
Another intense book in the Jacob's Ladder trilogy. My only problem was trying to keep the family tree in order in my head - probably because it has been a few years since I read Chill. Must get book 3 now to keep the momentum going...
Verdict: wonderful books, but listen to them in order!
it's unusual but it's worth it!
Book two is even better than book one... it's a quirky story because it's a mixture of medieval words and thought processes and biblical stuff but it's not actually religious in the slightest... takes place in the distant future... at least 500 or 600 years in the future maybe? And it really does one of two things that either blows past societal boundaries or it pushes up against them in a way to help you see them and decide whether you want to keep them or not.
The further the book goes the more it feels like a future sci-fi novel and the less it feels like an archaic biblical story.
it's worth wading through the quirkiness of it for the story and the psychological tropes that Elizabeth Bear pokes holes in.
My favorite character is Mallory. Not for their part in the story per se but because of who they are.
The storyline is a little confusing because of course no matter what's going on you're not really sure who the good guys are the bad guys are and that's okay... because ultimately in reality everyone has the potential for being good and bad and making excellent and or poor choices.
Try not to get caught up on that part... I honestly think that's one of the lessons the book is trying to teach but in a very roundabout way 🥰
Beautiful Story Telling
I resisted the previous book in the series, 'Dust' for sometime. I love the generation ship trope, but not so much the fairy-tale motifs which are sprinkled throughout the narrative. Despite it's grounding in the structure of high fantasy, I was so taken with the book, that I downloaded this, as I consumed the final hour of 'Dust' so as to dive, immediately, back into Elizabeth Bear's beautiful prose and sense of wonder as conveyed though Alma Cuervo's cooly intense narration. 'Chill' takes the characters on a very different quest and we see more of Jacob's Ladder than before. I am very anxious for audible to offer the final installment of this trilogy.