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This has been a great series. The story is well crafted. In this installment I think it spends a little too much time on Daniel's story. It is a story within the story. Overall this story is very thoughtful when it comes to imagining what a future with less energy might look like. The narrator is fantastic. If you sink into the story it will start to seem like you are hearing many different voices instead of just one voice actor. The performance is amazing.
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Jim hits the ground running and never takes his foot off the gas.
He shifts focus a bit in this book, widening the narrative scope and shifting away from some of the more quotidian elements that added a novelty and richness to the earlier books, but aren't really necessary at this stage of the story.
There's an interesting dichotomy happening here, because the book feels rough-hewn (deadlines to be met, and so forth) and it a little more sensational than the first two volumes (they'd like to sell a few more copies of this one), but Kuntsler pulls it off, and occasionally tosses in passages of casually spectacular language that literally stun. I tend to think of Jim as a social observer and critic first, and writer second; that these novels are a tool for making some of his social ideas accessible to a wider audience, but this book, and this whole series, retroactively have come to stand fully on their literary merits. Independent of Kuntler's world-view and prognostications these books are damn fine reads.
The vocal performance is really well done. Everything you want, nothing you don't.