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Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children, Book 1)

Written by Alastair Reynolds

Average Score: 81(9)

One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans. After the death of Eunice, Geoffrey's grandmother, erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur, something awkward has come to light on the Moon, and Geoffrey is tasked - well, blackmailed, really - to go up there and make sure the family's name stays suitably unblemished. But little does Geoffrey realise - or anyone else in the family, for that matter - what he's about to unravel. Eunice's ashes have already have been scattered in sight of Kilimanjaro. But the secrets she died with are about to come back out into the open, and they could change everything. Or shatter this near-utopia into shards ...

Book Details

Science Fiction
Hardcover,
Published by Ace Books on June 05, 2012
First Published by Gollancz in 2012
ISBN-10 0441020712
ISBN-13 978-0441020713

Reviews


Fantasy Book Critic | Liviu Suciu
Review Rating: 100
...a compulsive read that you do not want to put down and here is one place where Alastair Reynolds of 2012 shows his maturity as a writer, comparing with the amazing but fractured in style Revelation Space of 2000.
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Locus Online | Gary K. Wolfe
Review Rating: 80
Despite a plot hook that could as easily power a YA franchise, [...] Reynolds both develops a richly detailed portrait of a resurgent, postapocalyptic Earth society and economy, and leaves himself plenty of room to expand his narrative space exponentially.
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SF Site | Paul Kincaid
Review Rating: 80
...this book, good as it is in parts, is really no more than set up for that more distant, more expansive adventure.
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SFX | Jonathan Wright
Review Rating: 80
...the sheer quality of his writing reminds you why contemporaries such as China Miéville hold Reynolds in such high esteem.
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Stephen Hunts SF Crownest | Pauline Morgan
Review Rating: 80
Reynolds is very good at set piece scenarios, racking up the tension and interweaving his inventive technology.
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The Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation | Jonathan Cowie
Review Rating: 80
As with his previous books, Blue Remembered Earth is awash with sensawunda and Reynolds fans will not be disappointed.
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The Wertzone | Adam Whitehead
Review Rating: 80
...highly readable, brimming with ideas and refreshingly optimistic.
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sffworld.com | Mark Yon
Review Rating: 80
In some ways a pleasingly old-fashioned adventure story, there's enough of a new spin here to make the tale worth reading.
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SF Signal | John DeNardo
Review Rating: 70
Slightly overshadowed by a connect-the-dots mystery, but nonetheless a wonder-filled read.
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Strange Horizons | Niall Harrison
There's more to the various factions that clash over the course of this novel than just this divide, but this question--what would it mean for humanity to be an environmentally mature species?--is potent.
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