Seveneves - Neal Stephenson

Seveneves

By Neal Stephenson

  • Release Date: 2015-05-19
  • Genre: Science Fiction
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 769 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

  • 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.
  • Rebuilding humanity after a grand scale earth disaster

    4
    By BenoitLouis
    The mix of large scale earth disaster, large time frame, genetics, swarm robotics, large space machines with culture and human evolution leads to a good read. I believe the second part could be enhanced as many parts are left dangling, maybe start of a series...
  • Not all there…it hits and misses

    3
    By jmb06010
    There were some parts about this book I found fascinating, but others were incredibly dry and just boring technical jargon. Also some huge stretches of imagination towards the end and ideas thrown in just threw me off and made me shake my head. All in all, it’s an ok read, but I can’t help but be discouraged by the total lack of finality upon concluding it.
  • Ok read

    2
    By Kd5emf
    The book has a good story line. But the Author seems to enjoy jumping ahead in time and then doing flashbacks to tell what happened during the jump. I find this annoying.
  • Loved it

    5
    By kunal00
    Restarted my love of sci fi
  • Hope They Make a Lot of Changes for the Movie

    2
    By Movie changes needed
    The movie rights for SEVENEVES have already been optioned, which strikes me as odd. The book has a great set up, with the destruction of the moon and the pending devastation of the Earth. But once the author jumps 5000 years into the future, he has no way to come up with a pay off to match the first chapters. Some of the technology is cool but that wad is blown in the early chapters: nothing that comes later compares. There is a similarity to OBLIVION, the Tom Cruise film, where you get to the end of a decent journey only to ask, "Really? That's it?" The problem with this book is that point comes once the second half starts.
  • You like sci fy encyclopedia's? No thanks

    2
    By Juan P. Munoz
    Was looking for a nice big epic scify story last week. Just finished this book and I'm....well I'm angry. 700+ pages I was really excited. I hate short stories that tease you to buy the next book. I wanted something complete or at least a book with a clear end to an arc. Well boy did you guys get me a with the 5 star reviews. I was so excited. Something smart and interesting.....and incredibly dullllllllll. I won't spoil this but let's just say I can sum up the story of this book in about 2 paragraphs. And I probably could condense ALL of the dialogue in this 700+ page book to.....1 page maybe 2. The rest of it is all freaking descriptions of where they are of the history of the particular tool they are using in this scene. I kid you not even what company manufactured the thing is described. A character may be casually walking from point A to B. And the author uses page after page to describe the lighting the foliage the buildings the HISTORY of the place she is passing thru.and there MAY be 2 or 3 lines of dialogue in the whole scene. There was a point in the book where 2 characters era are having a "conversation" they greet each other....followed by 2 PAGES of descriptions of what was going thru one of their minds. And THEN another line, followed by 2 more pages describing what was on the other persons mind. It was exhausting. You are constantly told what happened. Past tense, instead of what IS happening. And with all the needless explications of how they did this or that by the time you get to the plot, you've forgotten what you've read or worse what was happening. I am not some dumb teenager who can only read for 2 minutes before SOMETHING must happen. But this book took explanations and descriptions to a whole new level that in the end didn't service the plot or the characters enough to justify it. I am shock d at all the 5 star reviews. To give perspective my favorite book is The Count of Monty Cristo. I am not a light reader and I love scify. And the only reason I finished this book was pure stubbornness. He have been warned
  • The best book I have read in years

    5
    By Mirky1
    Amazing. He best book I have read in years. Thank you Bill Gates for featuring it in your blog. The only down side is I am sad to be leaving the world Neal has created.
  • Good until about halfway

    4
    By Quarksta
    I really enjoyed the first two parts of this book and had a hard time putting it down. Unfortunately, the third part was quite a slog and I just couldn't really get into it. I can appreciate what the author was trying to do, but it went sci fi to the extreme and did not seem to follow on very well from the first two parts. Still an interesting read but it could have been better.

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