Not only is Charles Stross' Iron Sunrise a "hard-science fiction masterpiece" (Library Journal), it's also "a Hollywood thriller with a cyberpunk heart" (Entertainment Weekly). Planet Moscow is vaporized by an unnatural star explosion, prompting those who escaped to counterattack the likely culprit - planet New Dresden of the neighboring system. But New Dresden wasn't to blame, and as worlds go to war, an unseen enemy labors to destroy the universe itself.More
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Great follow-up novel
- Daniel O. Buchholz
Meh. Not bad, but not good.
I only got this book because of the narrator, the summary didn't really appeal to me. Once the plot devices were explained, I bought in. The book started out good. It was a bit disconcerting though as it felt like the maturity level and the intelligence of the characters shifted as the point of view of the narrator changed. Not sure if that was intentional or not, but I didn't care for it. It wasn't just a "blind spot" change, it was more dramatic.
The character Wednesday started out being voiced as a highly intelligent if defiant teenage girl. When the point of view shifted to another character, she sounded like a whimpering, somewhat slow brat.
Also the motivation, at least what one could glean of it, of the bad guys seemed, to me, to be a bit shallow. The book appears to have been written with a next volume in mind. Haven't made up my mind if I'll continue the series.
- Marc Phillips