Top critical review
on August 17, 2015
I picked this up after having watched the series, and wanted to find out more after the show was cancelled.
I knew that the book was different from the TV show, and that the series was really based on the idea. In truth, the book follows the events from the scientists perspective, whereas the show follows it from the lay-person's view.
Whilst I loved the show, I was at best ambivalent towards this book for two reasons.
1) There is no antagonist. There is no villain of the piece, on the struggle of human rationale. In many ways it's a little like Rendezvous With Rama in that regard, but there is very little tension, and the rise of a secret cabal at the end could have been the whole focus of the novel, and I would have been much happier.
2) Personally, I found the writing style insipid. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad and it has been well proofed... but it never engages me. I was never on the edge of my seat, and I never really felt anything for the characters.
Is this a bad book? No - far from it. Is this a great book? Absolutely not.
If there were a sequel, I would probably read it, but it would have to be pretty amazing.