In 1912, history was changed by the Miracle, when the old world of Europe was replaced by Darwinia, a strange land of nightmarish jungle and antedeluvian monsters. To some, the Miracle is an act of divine retribution; to others, it is an opportunity to carve out a new empire.Leaving American now... show more
In 1912, history was changed by the Miracle, when the old world of Europe was replaced by Darwinia, a strange land of nightmarish jungle and antedeluvian monsters. To some, the Miracle is an act of divine retribution; to others, it is an opportunity to carve out a new empire.Leaving American now ruled by religious fundamentalism, young Guilford Law travels to Darwinia on a mission of discovery that will take him further than he can possibly imagine...to a shattering revelation about mankind's destiny in the universe. Darwinia is a 1999 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.
Publish date: July 15th 1999
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Alternate History
, Post Apocalyptic
Darwinia proved to be a surprising book. Set on our own Earth, history takes a very odd turn when on an entirely different level of the universe something goes very wrong. Part of the Earth changes, explorers and adventurers head out to investigate, make profits or find a new life for themselves. Da...
Regrettably, this book had so much potential but which was never fully exploited, for me at least. The alternative Europe setting promised much excitement and suspense. But that world was never fully realized. I really wanted to know more about "Darwinia" but in retrospect it seems that Robert Charl...
Interesting idea promising adventures in a world where Europe has vanished and turned into an extraterrestrial jungle. Plodding follow-through with silly ghosts, gods, and machines. Depressing, eye-rolling ending with a Frank-Peretti-esqe angels-and-demons type of fight.
The first half of this, the half that details an exploration of Darwinia, is really good as several other reviewers have pointed out. The last half isn't quite up to level of the first half. It works and fits, but it doesn't quite fit. It's an interesting idea, one that made me poke things, but i...
This novel is essentially two books. The first part is about exploration of an alien European continent, but the scope and tone change drastically in the second half. Both parts are good, but it's a little hard to reconcile the differences.