Book Review: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

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Title: Seveneves

Author: Neal Stephenson
Release Date: May 19th 2015
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Source: William Morrow 
Rating: ★★★
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An exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.

What would happen if the world were ending?


A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.


But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and 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.
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My Review: 


Seveneves is the latest release from Neal Stephenson, a 5,000 year old epic science-fiction story. This is the first novel I've read from Neal Stephenson and I was intrigued by the premise that this story would eventually jump 5,000 years in the future. 

What's good about it: 
The Characters. The characters. There's fantastic character development and I got super attached with the characters. They are incredibly multi-layered and you can clearly see why some characters get along with each other and some do not. 

There's a feminist tone to the entire story, especially when you find out the definition of Seveneves, and it was incredibly refreshing to read about strong female characters where their strength wasn't just physical. 

There's great female friendships, especially between Ivy and Dinah, the two astronauts, and the female antagonists weren't villains simply because they are women, which is an unfortunate and frankly insulting trope. 


Attention to detail. There's a lot of science in this novel, and lots of details throughout. I found that this enhanced the reading experience and didn't bore me throughout. They were easy to understand without feeling like you were being talked down too.



What's bad about it:
The last third. The first two parts of the novel deal with the impending apocalypse and then how human beings survive after the apocalypse. I found the last half disappointing and not enough for what the story was leading up too. 


The second part of the story could have definitely been edited down, considering that the last part felt so unsatisfactory. You're given a lot of backstory about how humans survived and thrived, shown the conflict, and then it ends without the conflict being dealt with. It was anti-climatic. 


Final thoughts: 
Despite my issues with the last part of Seveneves, it can't be denied that this is an ambitious work and has incredible storytelling. It's one of my favorites books for 2015 and I highly recommend it.


Seveneves is available now and you can grab a copy here.



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