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When travelling at a fraction of light speed how would mankind look to colonize a solar system a dozen light years away? What would happen to the people on a journey of that length? Aurora explores these questions and comes up with some innovative answers on how mankind can survive over a multi-generational journey and what kind of social constraints would be necessary in such an environment. It is obvious that Kim Stanley Robinson has researched and done extensive thinking behind almost every aspect of this type of journey. The technical aspects and discussion provided some great intellectual exercise on topics that I had not given consideration to before. But it was all a framework to discuss human nature. I think Aurora explores some of the best and worst aspects of human nature given the isolation of the ship. It shows how people can work together to overcome adversity and sometimes, when facing adversity, fall prey to fear and panic. What would happen if you were 12 light years from Earth and things didn’t go according to plan? Or even according to your back-up plan? How would people react? This book does a great job at examining human nature and reactions from multiple different points of view, from different groups on the ship, to how the travelers were viewed by people on Earth, and how the space travelers viewed people back on Earth. In the end the most human emotion of all is what I feel this book was about: love. A love story? Yes! And to be honest, I would have never seen it coming but Kim Stanley Robinson does a great job of building the story and developing the characters towards a climax at the end of the book that was completely unexpected!
Readers who have hotly anticipated Queen of Fire, the conclusion to Anthony Ryan's Raven's Shadow trilogy, will be justly rewarded. Following closely on the heels of Tower Lord's cliffhanger ending, Queen of Fire sees the war between the Unified Realm and the Volarians rage on. Tower Lord saw the narration move from a single first person perspective to multiple third person POVs, and with Queen of Fire, Anthony Ryan continues to utilize this to even greater effect. Readers follow Vaelin Al Sorna, Queen Lyrna, Frentis, Alucius, and Reva as they repel the invading army and take the battle directly to the Volarian Empire. The trilogy may have began with Vaelin but Lyrna really steals the show this time around as the titular Queen of Fire. Defeating the Volarians will require strong leadership and difficult choices. Queen Lyrna is forced to forge new allegiances with those who possess the gifts of the Dark and Vaelin struggles to lead and fight in the absence of his blood-song. Fans of Anthony Ryan's epic dark fantasy series will not be disappointed.