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Publisher's Summary

Vernor Vinge doesn't write novels very quickly, but when he writes one, it's well worth the wait. His last two novels have won the coveted Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the year. Rainbows End is set in the same near future as his novella "Fast Times at Fairmont High", which won the Hugo Award in 2002 for Best Novella. Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer's victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family. His son and daughter-in-law are both in the military, but not a military we would recognize, while his middle-school-age granddaughter is involved in perhaps the most dangerous game of all, with people and forces more powerful than she or her parents can imagine. Filled with excitement and Vinge's trademark potpourri of fascinating ideas, Rainbows End is another triumphantly entertaining novel by one of the true masters of the field.
©2006 Vinge Vernor (P)2007 Macmillan Audio
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2007 Hugo Award winner, Best Novel
"This [is] top-drawer hard SF - fast-paced, packed with action, intellectually challenging and, above all, capable of invoking SF's grail: a genuine sense of wonder." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve on 03-06-08

Great Discovery

One of my favorite things about Audible, are the surprises you find if willing to take a chance on mixed reviews.

This has been the best treat so far. My thanks to the readers who didn’t get it.

Having never even heard of Vinge, I was totally captivated by his near future extension of present day trends, and, the new tech he invents.

Story line and world view worked well together, no excessive fluff explaining concepts, but enough back story to keep everything together.

This is now one of my top 5 books, I just hope this glowing review doesn’t spoil it for a future treasure hunter.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Karl Story on 01-10-08

Wonderful

A fantastic listen, full of great characters and ideas. If you like Neal Stephenson, William Gibson or Greg Bear (just to name a few) you will enjoy this book. Considered a post-cyberpunk masterpiece.

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4 out of 5 stars
By treadings on 06-15-16

good concept, lost its way a bit

I liked the cranky anti hero aspect, and a return from degenerative mental decline was a good start, but thought vernor got a bit carried away with the all pervasive media, and 'belief circles' just got a bit vapid. Characters always felt a bit safe. Good vision though.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 03-11-14

I'm not a sci-fi person but

this book was a lot of fun. I loved all the futuristic technology which seems entirely plausible if still a bit far off. I thought the plot was a bit ridiculous in the end. But the journey there was enjoyable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By emmoff on 11-17-16

Well plotted and thoughtful SF

Robert Gu, a poet laureate with Alzheimer's, has his youth and mind restored by medical science. Unfortunately he has a 90's mind in a 2020 world and no longer can write poetry. He goes back to Fairmont High School to learn how to navigate the heavily networked world and "wear" the new technology. The awkwardness of the arrogant Gu is wonderful and the future tech and world is great. The plot develops into a mystery conspiracy adventure with Gu's 13 yo granddaughter and assorted oldies (each adapting their past lives to the new world).

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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