Star-trecking across the universe

Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children, #1)Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grand scale, many different SF topics and settings. Artificial intelligence, the Moon, Mars, elephants, robots, human modification, take your pick.

My main gripes—quite a door stopper and the plot idea of a scavenger hunt across space felt a bit gimmicky and forced. What was the point of that? I know where it led, but it felt a bit too contrived for my taste.

The hard sci fi info dumps went over my head once or twice as well. Maybe reading them instead of listening to them might have made it easier to follow.

But otherwise a great book, full of fantastic ideas and food for thought. I obviously loved the merpeople and the evolvarium on Mars was a very imginative bit of fun.

On top of that a bunch of more or less well developed characters, expertly brought to life in the audiobook narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

I am very likely going to pick up something else by the author.

4.5 dwarf-sized elephants for this one.

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