My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m not a hard-core science fiction enthusiast. The beginning of the book had a lot of science and technical explanation of the period and setting. It almost turned me off, but then it got to the first major character who may be a protagonist or an antagonist depending on your perspective. Then I was hooked.
The author dealt with two different perspectives, one human and one not. The brilliance of the author is that he actually made the non-human perspective very interesting – sometimes even more interesting than the human perspective. He tackled the evolution of an entire species and the redemption of a dying one.
It was focused on series of events instead of characters, but still managed to endear characters (even a whole lineage of characters) to me. And in the end, he revealed such a simple solution to the problem of extinction that was facing the two species. Simple and timely – it made sense to me.
I would recommend this book to everyone – whether you are a fan of science fiction or not. And if you do end up reading it, pay attention to what the book is really trying to say. It’s a good lesson to understand.