Seveneves

Seveneves

Book - 2015
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Five thousand years later after a catastrophic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers--seven distinct races now three billion strong--embark on yet another audacious journey: to return to Earth.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2015
ISBN: 9780062334510
9780062190376
Branch Call Number: STEPHEN
Characteristics: 867 pages, 2 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 7 eves
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It’s a science fiction novel depicting a time in the near future when a small number of people will be forced to essentially become refugees in space to preserve the human race because of a calamity that will make the earth uninhabitable.

This book had me riveted. The author does an amazing job of painting the picture of the events leading up to the necessity of humans having to escape (more)


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KungFuAndrew Apr 28, 2018

A long, detailed book about what happens if mankind knew life on Earth was ending and the only solution was to send people to space. I found the book bogged down in the details... I didn't really care about how things worked, just wanted the plot to continue so found myself skimming pages. Also felt the 2nd part of the book (5000 years later) wasn't needed and thought that part of the story seemed unrealistic and formulaic.

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JASchilz
Apr 14, 2018

Based on reading that the moon "blows up" in the first pages of the books, I figured that this was going to be weird Neal Stephenson instead of science Neal Stephenson.

A friend convinced me to give it a try, and I was wrong. It's no spoiler to say that the moon is "fractured" more than it blows up, and this serves as the pretext for Stephenson to lay out his blueprints for stupendous engineering feat after feat.

I found that parts of the book lagged, and Stephenson was occasionally difficult to follow: I had similar problems with Cryptonomicon but they were much smaller in Seveneves.

If you liked this, then of course you'll enjoy Andy Weir. And you might enjoy Daniel Suarez as well.

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miniguin
Dec 29, 2017

amazing

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chriswwcook
Sep 29, 2017

Fun read; interesting concept, dynamic characters, great The-Martian-like science (some might find tedious, but I did the tech stuff). Very imaginative, was a real page turner!

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zedteem
May 29, 2017

I wanted to love this book. Lots to recommend it as noted by other reviewers. In the end, I think the erratic pacing and my lack of empathy for the characters (especially in the last section) overcame my appreciation for the audacious scope and technical detail. So I ended up liking this book.

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burt_harris
Mar 20, 2017

Very well done, tops my reads so far this year. The time dynamics are astonishing, covering both hours and millennia with equal drama and imagination. .

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tjdickey
Jan 23, 2017

Stunning in scope, and fearless in the writing. To begin with the sentence "The moon blew up with no warning and for no apparent reason" and to be able seamlessly to start a section with "Five thousand years later" should give some sense for the breadth of Stevenson's narrative, and he delivers with an extremely compelling narrative. Don't expect to be coddled by the story, but do expect to be challenged, to be surprised (by sudden death and all-too-human failures), and to be thinking all the way to the final pages.

CMLReads_Kristin Nov 01, 2016

This one will appeal to those who loved all the realistic science detail in The Martian, though without the fast paced action. Lots of opportunity for deep thought and discussion. A bit long for a book club book, but Seveneves begs to be read and discussed.

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sat7
Sep 03, 2016

I have been a hard science fiction fan for most of my reading life. This Novel has made literary moves I had yet to experience with great alacrity and aplomb. This work has done them proud. I was refreshed technically and learned much. Good stuff Maynard -

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Logovore
Jul 18, 2016

I like the premise and the fact that there are strong, capable, tech-savvy female characters. However, there are great swathes of sufficiently technical material that it feels less like a novel and more like a technical manual. When there is action/character development/dialogue it moves very well, but overall the pacing is very uneven. I think that this would have worked better as a trilogy, with more space to show rather than tell the evolution of the end-society from the beginning-society.

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Mar 03, 2016

Five thousand years later after a catastrophic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers--seven distinct races now three billion strong--embark on yet another audacious journey: to return to Earth.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.

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JacobLauer
Nov 05, 2017

Part Three

FIVE THOUSAND YEARS LATER

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