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 . . .
Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
(p) 2012 Orion Publishing Group
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Some remembered books...
If you've read previous Reynolds books you'll get a familiar feel from Blue remembered Earth. A lot of the ideas seem familiar from other books - the slightly steam punk nature of Terminal World; the mediation on time and travel outside of the universe of Pushing Ice and the obsession with geometric shapes (Pushing ice and House of Suns). It never quite has the 'galaxy' spanning feel of the Revelation space books and well constructed as the world is it doesn't feel as if Reynolds is as comfortable with it in books like Chasm City or The Prefect. But it's the first in the series and there is loads to keep your interest and the quality of the ideas is still ahead of most in the game.
The narration is great. I'd kind of got used to John Lee's narration of Reynolds book but I'm glad I was saved his attempts at African accents! Hodlbrook-Smith brings an actor like edge to narration which, like the book is understated. Theres enough of a range of voices to keep the characters alive.
The production is ok, as usual with these books the fast turn around means there are some sloppy edits and repeated lines here and there. Bit the most annoying thing is the music. Ok, a bit of music at the start and end of each section but it added nothing and wasn't really in any logical way.
Overall then a solid book with a solid read and I'll look out for the next in the series