What if a society banished its worst nightmare to the far edge of the solar system, destined to sip dregs of light and struggle for the barest living? What if that life thrived, grew, learned, and became far more than anyone ever expected, yearning to return to the sun? What if it didn't share your moral compass in any way?
The Glittering Edge duology describes the clash of forces when an advanced society that has filled a solar system with flesh-and-blood life meets the near-AIs it banished long ago. This is a story of love for the wild and natural life on a colony planet, a complex adventure set in powerful space stations, and the desire to live completely - whether you are made of flesh and bone or silicon and carbon fiber.
In Edge of Dark, listeners will meet ranger Charlie Windar and his adopted wild predator, who live on a planet that has been raped and restored more than once; Nona Hall, child of power and privilege from the greatest station in the system, the Diamond Deep; and Nona's best friend, a young woman named Chrystal who awakens in a robotic body.
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Great Conceptual Sci-Fi
I don't usually re-listen to books - so this is an odd question to answer. There are a number of characters you are introduced to here and this is essentially their origin story, so if the next books take them far from their starting points I could see coming back to listen again. This was a great book to listen to.
This book is about the concept of transferring a human consciousness into machine bodies. The book looks at this from many angles, many of them concerned and frightened with the thought of losing a part of our humanity or our souls. Yi is transferred and is an analytical scientist - and seems to have a much different opinion that resonated with my own initial thought. He was enthusiastic and examined the positives - the knowledge, new capabilities, reduction of limitations, etc.
Soneela fit the main character, Nona exceptionally well. There was a youth and innocence in how she narrated the story. At times it might have leaned too far into whining for my taste, but it was appropriate in how Nona was experiencing the world.
Humanity must face the evolution of their own experimentation.
I really enjoy conceptual scifi - stories that take a singular question or idea and build a story around it to examine it from a variety of angles. This is a great example of a solid concept turned into a fascinating story. Much of sci-fi stories may lean towards military and war stories, or be cold and analytical, or go the more thrilling and horror route.
This story stands out as much more about the human experience when faced with a plausible yet fantastic situation of machines coming back from banishment seeking to unbanish themselves. Would you fear them, would you join them, help them, sympathize with them, refuse them? There is a lot of exploration of a variety of feelings around the concept, but not too much that the story loses momentum.
Looking forward to listening to the next book.
- Chris in Seattle
Cleverly written and a compelling read. Loved it!