A thousand years in the future, mankind's influence expands into the universe. Alastair Reynolds' epic vision of our journey into deep space will redefine Space Opera.
Chiku Yellow is earthbound: living a peaceful life on a changing world as humanity explores a thousand new ways to experience life.
Chiku Red is space-bound: blasted into deep space to investigate Eunice Akinya's last journey, and maybe discover the final secrets of space travel.
Chiku Green is planet-bound: travelling thousands of lightyears to the planet Crucible. A new home for humankind; it's a habitable planet hosting a fascinating alien labyrinth.
All three are Chiku Akinya.
All three are pivotal to our future in space.
All three are in danger ...
Reynolds's depth of imagination, adeptness with creating multi-dimensional characters, and brisk pacing are again in evidence in his second Poseidon's Children SF novel. Chiku Akinya was born on the Moon and grew up during a tranquil time in human history. Lacking major challenges to overcome, she feels inferior compared to her ancestors (whose achievements were chronicled in Blue Remembered Earth). To broaden her experiences, Akinya creates clones of herself, gives them her memories, and sends them off one to journey to the stars in search of their ancestor Eunice, and one to help the quest for a new human home on the planet Crucible. The bulk of the book focuses on the latter Akinya, who makes some disturbing discoveries about the holoship she's on and its target. While familiarity with the first book isn't necessary, the complicated story structure may confuse both new and returning readers.
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An interesting but flawed space opera
On the Steel Breeze, the follow-up to 2012's Blue Remembered Earth, is a typical Alastair Reynolds novel. It has all of Reynolds' usual good points – a fascinating setting, evocative description, and a complex, many-layered plot. However, the book also displays his weaknesses: characters are somewhat bland and difficult to relate to, and some chapters tend to drag. I recommend this as a good piece of sci-fi, but not a great one.