The award-winning author of Blue Remembered Earth continues his saga as the next generation of the Akinya family crosses interstellar space seeking humanity' s future...
Chiku Akinya, great granddaughter of the legendary space explorer Eunice and heir to the family empire, is just one among millions on a long one way journey towards a planet they hope to call their new home. For Chiku, the journey is a personal one, undertaken to ensure that the Akinya family achieves its destiny among the stars.
The passengers travel in huge self-contained artificial worlds-- holoships-- putting their faith in a physics they barely understand. Chiku' s ship is called Zanzibar-- and over time, she will discover it contains an awesome secret-- one which will lead her to question almost every certainty about her voyage, and its ultimate destiny
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Good bok. Rather theatrical narrator.
I’m happy to say that I found “On The Steel Breeze” to be a much better book than “Blue Remembered Earth”, which was the first volume in this series. Where BME seemed meandering and cluttered, “On the Steel Breeze” is focused and well-paced.
These “Poseidon's Children” books are softer than Reynolds usual hard sci-fi fantasy. They still incorporate many of his signature themes, such as nano technology though, and the imagery he creates is as brilliant as ever.
I thought BME suffered from being set in the too-near future on a too dramatically changed Earth with no explanation of what happened to the world as we know it. “On The Steel Breeze” is set a bit further in the future and doesn’t cite dates so much, so there was less distraction from wondering about backstory with this one.
I’ve only a couple small quibbles with “On The Steel Breeze.” First off, a major character is referred to throughout the book with the pronouns “ve’, “vis”, ‘verslf” etc. At first I thought it was the narrators accent, but it’s very distinct. There is not one word of explanation of why this character isn’t a “he” or a “she” and it was really annoying., I kept waiting for some interesting revelation to be made, but there was nothing. Pointless apparently. Second, I’m not crazy about the elephant substory. I’m guessing that it’s there as a device to connect the main characters, who are African, to Earth and their heritage. I find it a drag on the narrative which just grinds to a halt every time those pachyderms put in an appearance. (If they wind up saving humanity like the humpback whales in star Trek I will just DIE)
Audiobook recording; Good quality but I still hate the incidental music which firmly puts the image of a small, furtive animal waking up from hibernation into my minds eye. Not what one likes in a suspenseful sci-fi novel. I know African music and there’s lots better choices than that phlegmatic flute.
Narrator: Adjoa Andoh is a well-known British actress. She has a lovely voice and a repertoire of character voices that is as rich, and sometimes as alarming, as a well-tended compost heap. The iTunes preview gives no hint of the extent of those voices. Now this is a very subjective topic, some listeners like this kind of theatrical performance. For myself, Ms Andoh is a prime example of why I prefer a more neutral approach to character voices. I felt like a child being read to by an over enthusiastic parent and really had to strain to listen to Reynolds content through some of the more over-the-top voices.
But I still liked “On The Steel Breeze” and will look forward to the next installment.