Seveneves - Neal Stephenson

Seveneves

By Neal Stephenson

  • Release Date: 2015-05-19
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,250 Ratings

Description

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.

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.

A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.

Reviews

  • 7 Eves

    4
    By Am book reader
    If you really like the science in science-fiction, this book is for you. A fascinating premise, the moon exploding and causing the end of life on earth. Some parts do drag but the book is overall very good. Being a Stephenson fan, I was not disappointed.
  • A Stunning Story.

    5
    By jdgcvn72
    A compelling saga and a daring scenario!
  • A bit dissatisfied

    2
    By Delucag
    The first 2/3 of the book kept me turning pages. Then I got to 5000 Years Later (the last 1/3) and it took a big snooze fest. I’m forcing myself to read it just so I can finish it. The reviews, that I have now read, are spot on.
  • If you love extreme detail..

    3
    By afdfsdfafer
    You’ll like this book. Overwhelming detail about every tiny minutiae of informantion. Unfortunately, the characters suffer tremendously because of it. I never connected with any of them, nor did I really even like them. They’re just there to further the plot and allow for more pages of detail on extremely specific inter workings of aspects of the ark. You forget where and who’s point of view you’re supposed to be following because the author spent the last two pages talking about the way a pipe heats. I understand wanting to give a realistic approach on how these things might work, but it reads almost like a thesis paper rather than a novel.
  • FANTASTIC

    5
    By completethesquare
    Love this author and this is one of his best works!
  • I want more

    5
    By PltSSG
    I’ve read the book twice now and want to hear more about human life after Zero
  • Don’t bother

    1
    By rfloyd42
    Meaningless infinite detail of minor scenes and characters, “science” that seems absolutely implausible if not impossible to me as an engineer, and 10% through the book no real progress on the story? No thanks - finally quit punishing myself and just stopped reading.
  • Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    1
    By Skeeter an
    Started out good… then by page 700 or so i stopped reqding. Just couldn’t finish. Completely lost interest.
  • Drop the price please

    1
    By Ksdjebejdxjdben
    This book has been out more than two years. How about dropping the price.
  • Fascinating and frustrating

    2
    By Franklin Murphy
    Ok, this was my first foray into this author, and it was fascinating and frustrating! I love the idea. (I’ve since read The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. Written with another author, and I feel the same about that book - you can tell when one takes over the writing. All of a sudden, I went from fun and entertaining to slogging through details that meant nothing. Oh look, here’s where Stephenson took over...) The concept is awesome. The detail and minutiae are overwhelming. The character development is cool and then the characters fall off the story. People and ideas are introduced and then are never spoken of again. (Did they make it to Mars?) The book is twice as long as it needs to be and then the final twenty pages crescendo with new information and characters and then simply, “The End.” I want to like it. I really do. But I just can’t get lost in the story when I’m forced to creat an organization chart and refer back to diagrams in the book. Reading his stuff require studying, but it’s not fun studying like “The Martian,” for example. It just slogging through for the sake of understanding every nuance of the author’s creation. Here’s the thing, I guess. There’s no room left for my imagination to fill in the blanks. He literally won’t let the reader go there.

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