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The author of the book: Greg Bear
Date of issue: March 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9780575100954
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I'm the haunted house. My brain is the ghost here.
I fully expected this book to be awesome, and I was disappointed.
A ship is sent from Earth to colonize a new planet. Traveling through space for hundreds if not thousands of years, the passengers kept in cryosleep. Our narrator emerges from an amniotic sac, awakened by a little girl, who urges him to hurry. Disoriented, with no knowledge of his name or his history, our naked narrator flees from the various monsters and machines on the ship which seek to kill him. Following the little girl, chasing the heat, always seeking water, food and clothes (stripped off the dead bodies of less fortunate crew members), the narrator has no idea what is really going on. Together he and the little girl find other crew members who have survived, and they try to piece together what happened to the ship and how they can fix it.
Ever hear of the film PANDORUM? I highly recommend it. This amazing film starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster is eerily similar to this book - except much better executed.
PANDORUM isn't the only source material this is borrowing from. There were also strong elements of Annihilation and Resident Evil.
Perhaps I am just too well-versed in Sci-Fi to enjoy this book. Pandorum is so similar to this, and so much better - I couldn't stop making comparisons throughout the whole thing.
I also found Bear's writing style to be confusing and vaguely perplexing. Even when I was being provided with "explanations," I was still a little shaky about what was going on - and not in a fun, Jeff Vandermeer sort of way. His descriptions of the monsters - and alien-like people - were sorely lacking and left me unable to really form any sort of mental picture for them.
The characters are neither fleshed-out nor compelling.
The scary horror scenes are not effective. You can't get a clear picture of what's going on, for one thing. And for another thing, they lack any sense of urgency.
Tl;dr - Confusing and vaguely unsatisfying. Borrows heavily from Pandorum, and lightly from Resident Evil and Annihilation. I feel like all this has been done before - and better.
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Read information about the authorGreg Bear is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. He sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction.
A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.
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