Wilsons fine writing, ingenious plot and humane character development make it a page-turner. ~ The Globe and Mail
The story was pretty slow at the beginning, and I almost gave up on the book. However, once Wilson started to explain how the change happened, it got much more interesting, if not much faster. I enjoyed the characters in the book, particularly Gulliford Law, who is curious about what happened to cause the change in the Earth, but once he finds out, wants nothing more to do with it. As I mentioned, the story is kind of slow, but I think it is worthwhile.
I have read several books by Wilson, and they have never been quite what I was expecting going in, but I have enjoyed them all. I would recommend this book, and will look to read more of Wilson in the future.
"Darwinia" takes place in a world left reeling after Europe was transformed over night into a foreign and unexplored wilderness. The story follows the journey of Guildord Law who explores this new world and learns about the land and so much more.
The charecters in the book are vivid and you will come away feeling that you know each of them. It is science fiction at its best, full of surprises and powerfully written. One can't quite say enough about this book!
'Darwinia' is the first writing by Robert Charles Wilson I've read. He definitely impressed me as an author worth seeking out, and will appear on my reading list again soon.
First off, let me admit I'm not a huge follower of alternate history SF. Therefore, this is not my favorite sub-genre, and I am therefore less forgiving of other narrative problems.
As you've probably read from the synopses above, this book is about when one day in 1912, everyone looked around and found that all of Europe had been replaced by a jungle wilderness. Since it was a stable ecology, all we could figure is that it was some transplant from some other alternate Earth, somehow.
We find out in the book that the actual events are even stranger.
However, I didn't really LIKE the alternate events. It was all too much of major events happening offscreen by vast powers too incomprehensible to explain. While I liked the main viewpoint character of Guilford Law, I thought he was too whiny to really become important to me. Other characters came and went too choppily for me to really identify with.
If you like fiction with a vast (and I mean VAST) scope, you may like this better than I. If you like to engage emotionally with your fiction, you probably won't like it either.