Prima carte a seriei, Blue Remembered Earth a fost un experiment interesant pentru Reynolds, autorul britanic combinând în aceasta, romanul de aventuri şi space-opera în Sistemul Solar, cu naşterea unui civilizaţii galactice. On the Steel Breeze se va ocupa de copilăria acestei civilizaţii, copilărie care va fi plină de pericolele declanşate de natura umană, principiile abia înţelese ale fizicii, dar şi necunoscutul care pândeşte în infinitatea spaţiului cosmic.
Last of all, the Chibesa engines were lit. With the slowness of clouds the readied arks began to pull away from the birthing orbits. They went out in caravans, for mutual support. Each caravan was part of a larger flow of holoships, assigned to a particular solar system. It took years, decades, for the holoships to reach their cruising speeds, a whisker under thirteen percent of the speed of light.
We have found a distant planet. It carries sign of an alien civilisation. And on a fleet of holoships, vast asteroids hollowed out and turned into miniature worlds, millions of us are heading there. With engines designed to exploit a physics we barely understand we are on a one way journey, travelling at one sixth the speed of light, to a new home. And an encounter with the unknown. And we take with us hopes and lies, secrets and betrayals. And another, quite alien intelligence. The Akinya family have not finished with space. Their destiny still lies with the stars, however they get there, whichever of them make it. And the Mechanism has not finished with the Akinyas…
Încheierea trilogiei începută cu Oryx & Crake. Atwood nu scrie niciodată cărţi care să nu merite citite, iar această trilogie s-ar putea să devină opera ei majoră.
A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers – a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, onetime member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb. Meanwhile, giant Pigoons and malevolent Painballers threaten to attack. Told with wit, dizzying imagination, and dark humour, Booker-prize-winning Margaret Atwood’s unpredictable, chilling, and hilarious MaddAddam takes us further into a challenging dystopian world and holds up a skewed mirror to our own possible future.
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