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I listened and listened hoping at some point the author would come up with something original rather than a collection of clichés, so worn out, but no. The veteran who returns home only to feel out of place. “No one understands me or what I’ve been through,” boo-hoo boo-hoo etc. etc. “Only my fellow veterans can understand me and we are brothers and sisters” etc. etc. The Middle East has run out of oil? And this creates a void and war? I’ve never heard that one before.
The preposterous idea that there would be discrimination against moon born humans after only one generation. Any kid coming back from the moon to a grammar school would be the star and the envy of everyone.
I look to science fiction for originality but from the first page all I heard were events lifted straight out of the present day. It was nothing but cut and paste.From the current political situation at home to the “No one can understand me or know what I’ve been through“ of the virtuous veteran, I was wishing I was on an airline so there might be a barf bag handy.
It didn’t take long to reach my limit on Zero Limit.
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From the overview, I was expecting a cross between Armageddon and the Martian... was nowhere close.
Narration was hard to listen to, and science was hollow.
There is a real dichotomy with this book in that the blurb cites two of contemporary Sci-Fi's biggest recent hits and yet the story is actually one of the oldest tropes of the genre. Yes Artemis meets Armaggedon but never quite succeeds in developing an identity of its own. There is a fair portion of Weir-style pseudo science though some of it was stretching things a little too far.
It's certainly not bad, it kept me reasonably entertained and the central character was actually one I could get into but the flashbacks to her military career never really integrated smoothly with the story. Some points got a bit preachy at times too.
The narration by Christina Traister is a mixed bag, she's very strong at voicing the characters but didn't really give the narrative the momentum it needed at times. She reminded me a little of Karen Reading in terms of her at times wistful style and cadence.
It's a fair attempt but for me it never really hit the heights.
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