It looks to be only for UK & Australia, among others, but it's a great book! It's been shortlisted for an Arthur C. Clarke Award.
You can find my review here, if you want to see what I thought about it.
So yet another busy weekend ahead. But these are my planned reads. I started After Atlas last night and really enjoyed it.
Fool Me Once will scratch my itch to read thrillers especially after reading such a good one in Defending Jacob. A Portrait of Emily Price just looks like an entertaining lighter read.
Winding down my January TBR and trying to get all my library books read before February. In February, I will be reading only books I own. I'm looking forward to it as I realize I have quite a few good reads waiting for me. I want to see how many I can get read or donate to betterworldbooks. Dropped off another bag yesterday and I gotta say, it feels good to get organized.
Hope you all have a great weekend! Happy reading!
So this is an early edition of Friday reads because the long weekend is upon us.
Looking forward to starting After Atlas since I loved Planetfall so much!
The Nightingale is so powerful. I'm halfway through it at this point. It's beautifully written, unnerving and makes you think in a way good historical fiction should.
Rise of Empire is still good so far, I'm halfway through the first book in the compilation which I will review when I complete it.
Across the Universe wound up boring me too much, so I set it aside and decided to pick up Cress and finish a series I have found reliably entertaining.
I'm looking forward to the long weekend and spending time with my boyfriend, my family and friends. Hopefully squeezing in SOME reading in here and there.
Happy reading everyone and enjoy your weekend whether it be extended or not! :)
Series: Planetfall #2
This was a satisfying read (I’m actually still reeling from the ending, but I thought I should get some thoughts down before they slip away). I’d been looking forward to the book’s release for a few months now and trying not to raise my expectations too high. I really enjoyed Planetfall and rated it highly because despite a few problems that I could nitpick about, I blazed through it. So I was a little afraid I’d focus more on the problems than the enjoyment this time around, but I don’t regret my decision to buy it and start reading it the day it was released. In fact, it was a welcome distraction from all of the election brouhaha. [Aside: It made for some interesting associations anyway.] In fact, I think After Atlas had fewer “problems” than Planetfall.
After Atlas covers events back on Earth after Atlas (the colonists’ ship) from Planetfall left. So it takes place in the same universe as the first book, but it’s not a sequel and can be read without the first. In fact, my memory on some of the details of Planetfall is a little hazy, so I may want to reread them both closer together at some point to experience some of the ironies I may have missed.
Earth has progressed along its dystopian path since Atlas’s departure, and we’re given a good introduction to the workings of the world by the MC, Carlos Moreno, a detective for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) [I forget his exact title, but it doesn’t really matter because he’s owned by the MoJ]. Carl gets called in to investigate a suspicious death at an elite country hotel (it’s not really a resort and it’s bigger than an inn). The story mainly centres on this murder investigation and there’s a bit of a cyberpunk element to the world since most people have implanted chips that allow them to process information virtually and always be connected.
Although I found the world interesting, I did find the investigation itself to be a bit disorganized since Carl kept not pursuing leads as quickly as I wanted him to. It seemed a bit slow but that may partly be because I was reading that part of the book in short chunks and so things may have appeared to take longer than they actually did. At one point I really wanted to bang on his window and shout “Check the gingerbread!” And so on. A few things seemed delayed for convenience, but it mostly worked.
The book does incorporate two things that I normally complain about: it is written in the first person present tense. I’m not complaining about it here because it took me about fifty pages to notice, so I’m counting it as an instance where it was well done. It didn’t bother me here, but I can’t say for sure that it wouldn’t bother someone else. I liked the ending too, although again, everyone may not agree with me. It was starting to seem like too pat of a wrap-up, and then the ending happened.
If you liked After Atlas and are feeling a little traumatized, you may want to try Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky; it’s a little more upbeat. If you’ve read both, there is an association there (even though they sound completely different).
Sorry for the disorganized thoughts. But I'd rather get them out now, even if I'm being somewhat arbitrary with my rating, than wait and not get around to it.
I completely adored the book previous to this one, Planetfall, and it's so wonderful to see the second meet the same impossible standards. After Atlas is not a sequel so much as a companion novel, and I suspect it could be read as a standalone.