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It's a layered story, first person all the way and in the end a self-revelatory tale. Nothing much seems to happen and I wouldn't have stuck to it if I were reading. However the audio version has a hypnotic feel that I found pleasant as background to other activities. Rupert Farley did an outstanding job. Still, it's an odd book and if you want a story with action leave this one well alone. If you want something a little different and are patient with stream of consciousness give it a try. I have just finished it and am still digesting it - thinking, so that's a very good sign. I hate reviews that include spoilers so I won't do that. Give it a try. You can always return on Audible.
Actually, what I mean is "I"s - as in 'first person singular': this book is full of them. Yes well it would be, as it's written from a first person perspective, but it becomes somehow very obvious: this story is about just one person - with a monkey named Tomas on his back, eroding his psyche from start to finish!
I found the 'setting up the mission' chapters pretty vague as to technology and distances, and does ANYONE ever really check out the crew's mental stability in fiction?
The central section of the story was the most intriguing, but then the protagonist starts to lose it and things begin to come apart, leading to a long drawn out, unsatisfying and ambiguous denouement. Sorry but there it is.
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