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Summary: Jem Moran and Kir Davos participate in the world simulation program which sets clueless college and grad students in charge of planets. (It’s like risk on the galactic scale.)
- Overall, I enjoyed the book. It’s got an interesting premise (ie. Every major disaster/event to touch Earth has an explanation in the incompetence and/or the moral decisions made by neophyte planetary managers or mishaps caused by letting a 5 year old boy near the planet.)
- It’s almost like two stories though. Earth-sim is 80% philosophical discussion between Jem and Kir and 20% other plot that I can’t talk about too much without giving spoilers.
- The philosophical discussion piece could have been a hilarious short story. Not being a particular fan of philosophy though, the length of those discussions was on the long side to me.
- The frequent Wikipedia quotes bothered me. Here you have a book about an advanced civilization and the inspirational and informational quotes at the beginning chapters come from arguably the weakest online source.
- I’m torn on the inclusion of the 20% other plot. Everything ties together nicely in the end, but I’m not sure it’s necessary unless it’s just there to warrant a sequel. There are enough openings to set up a sequel but I’m not sure how that would tie back to the Earth-sim project.
- What I enjoyed: There are enough references to history and geek stuff to keep it funny. Ie. origin of Superman, Atlantis, loch ness monster, tower of babel, the flood, etc.
- The narration was handled well.
- Content warnings: There are a few curse words scattered about.
Conclusion: A quirky look at planetary history wrapped in a scifi short story about a girl with a secret to protect. (not counted as a spoiler b/c that’s in the description)
*I received a free copy from the author. The choice to review as well as the rating and words are completely my own.