SEVENEVES by Neil Stephenson
I’m a big Neil Stephenson fan. I’ve read his entire oeuvre, as far as I know, even The Big U, his first novel, which he is not crazy about. It was big and unwieldy and I liked it just fine.
I liked SEVENEVES. I feel like I have to write it in all caps, being a palindrome and all.
It was a page turner, with plenty of action and science. On the first page, a mysterious “Agent” breaks the moon into seven pieces, and I was hooked on what was going to happen as a result. I was not disappointed.
I don’t want to hint on where it goes to anyone who might read it, so I won’t make any comments on plot. I was glad I didn’t know where this story was going… it added to the ride.
My one complaint is that there was no great standout character in this book, which I’ve come to expect from Stephenson. The Shaftoes and Waterhouses from Cryptonomicon, and adding Eliza to The Baroque Cycle series… all fantastically memorable characters, among a gaggle of other minor ones of note.
In this book, I felt like the main character was the human race in general. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not what I’m used to from this author.
The other thing I note is that the end felt like a sequel was coming. I guess we’ll see.