My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age – a world terraformed and prepared for human life.
But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare.
“had [humanity] simply been thrown back into a new dark age, where dumb brute people looked up at those moving lights in the sky, and forget that their ancestors had built them?”
I’m not normally a science fiction fan, yet a mere ten pages into this book and I was completely hooked. Truly excellent from beginning to end.
Through the creation of new worlds, new realities, and entire civilizations, Tchaikovsky artfully addresses subjects that have plagues humanity since The Dawn, and are still relevant to this day: race, gender, religion, colonialism, genocide…
“I want the right to live. I want the death of a male to be punishable, just as the death of a female is […] I want the right to build my own peer house, and to speak for it.”
One would think that such a loaded book would make for a heavy read, but, no. It’s so easy to read, get lost in, and simply breeze through. An INCREDIBLE read that I highly recommend, and would happily read again, and again, and again. (Were it not for the crushing weight of my TBR list… )