Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Under Vanishing Skies by G.S. Fields
World Building: I appreciated the realistic idea of rebuilding technology after an apocalypse. There are a few futuristic technologies that are certainly plausible from what we have today. The author does a great job describing the Maldives - the reader can really paint the scene..."Each island looked like a fried egg with a green yolk." I enjoy the proposed aerial view...these random analogies thrown in throughout.
Writing Style: I didn't appreciate the extensive use of cuss words, but they seemed to lessen as the book went forward. Otherwise, I only found a handful of grammatical or spelling errors. G.S. Fields definitely understands how to make you want to read to the last page! Impressive as a debut.
What I Liked: I enjoyed that this was not just a survival story. Mystery-suspense-intrigue-apocalyptic-scifi-with a hint of romance. I was satisfied with the well-rounded elements, and especially found the Mars colony idea a wonderful way out.
Deal Benders: Again, I could have done without all the swearing - not the best way to make a point about how crude a character is. There are also a few graphically described scenes in the aftermath of pirate attacks, and I feel they could have been handled a bit softer to appeal to a greater audience.
Overall Rating: I gave this book three stars because I liked it. Without all the 'deal benders', I would have given it four stars.
FOR FANS OF: Paolo Bacigalupi's "Ship Breaker" books.
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18601360-under-vanishing-skies