Paperback, 872 pages

English language

Published May 16, 2016 by The Borough Press.

ISBN:
978-0-00-813254-5
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OCLC Number:
951120433

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4 stars (264 reviews)

When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere...

Five thousand years later, the survivors' progeny embark on another audacious journey into the unknown, to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.

5 editions

Review of 'Seveneves: A Novel' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I wouldn't have finished this if I hadn't promised a friend, but that I said I really enjoyed the last part of the book. It just took a very long time to get there. I didn't really like the central them of the 7 Eves and how their one-dimensional characteristics persisted for generations. But I did really like the plot especially the reintroduction of humans to a changed Earth. I skipped over a lot of the orbital mechanics descriptions.

Review of 'Seveneves' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

All of the positive raving for this book is true! All of the criticisms are also true! Stephenson is his own thing and he breaks all the rules of fiction. He breaks them in a couple different ways in this book. When it's great it's REALLY GREAT. When it's not so great, it kinda sucks. At different moments, I wanted to give this five stars. It's a hell of a book and I absolutely recommend it to any "hard" SF fans. Know that the exposition can really be a brick wall in the storytelling and it's not artfully done at all. But Stephenson has certainly earned himself a place on the hard-core SF shelf with this one (if he hadn't already).

Seveneves

4 stars

The scope of this is amazing, but at times I felt the execution was a little bit off. And the thing where he switches to an entirely different story with different characters for a little while near the end was quite confusing/irritating. OTOH, I still enjoy Stephenson's stuff a lot more than most authors, so I found myself enjoying the heck out of it, while thinking of things he could have improved it so overall I am calling it a win.

Review of 'Seveneves' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This is a "hard sf" story on how the human race survives an epic disaster by escaping into space (and, as it turns out, below the sea and under the ground in Alaska). The story is told through the eyes of individual people, but it remains a story about the human race. And I loved almost every page of it.

Review of 'Seveneves' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I could not finish Cryptonomicon (the bro-y elements here were very minimal, in contrast), but I was entranced by this hard science fiction apocalypse and (spoiler alert) humanity's survival by the barest of threads. I was less taken with the final third of the story, which jumped thousands of years forward and turned into a less-enlightened Culture book, but I still can't stop thinking about the first part.

Review of 'Seveneves' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was quite a good book, with lots of grand topics and epic feats as ordinary people struggle against the forces of nature. It has a decent set characters, though it changes part way, and there is no single main character across the whole story. In typical hard-scifi fashion, a lot of time is spent describing scientific concepts, such as orbital mechanics or genetics. I was OK with this, but your mileage may vary.

For a more in-depth review, check out my blog: strakul.blogspot.com/2019/07/book-review-seveneves-by-neal-stephenson.html

Review of 'Seveneves' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

можливо, це дуже суб'єктивно, свого роду читацька ностальгія — але наразі ніщо від ніла стефенсона на перевершує «зодіака». «сім єв» (чи як там колись перекладуть цей роман) — непогана фантастика, і років зо тридцять тому я би окропом пі%яв, читаючи це. але зараз — ні: місцями надто нерівно, наче авторові ось тут було цікаво фантазувати, а ось там набридло і він накидав нашвидкоруч тижні, тоді роки, тоді тисячоліття, в інших місцях — наївно, наче класичні (анти)утопії… але загалом — читати можна.

Review of 'Seveneves' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

Quite enjoyed the technical aspects of this one. I think the universe it has generated would be a unique one to explore further in spin off books. As Stephenson states in his afterward: not too much of this stuff is new, although the amount of disciplines together at once here is something that doesn't come to pass in many stories in this genre.

Some of the more popular reviews on good reads see this as a failing, and would have preferred a different lense for the stories final section. To me, this would have been a shift too strong in a different direction. Granted, I would love to have an anthropologists eye cast on this universe - so please, write that story! But I'm happy that it wasn't here. I started with the hard technicalities of this world and remain satisfied with a technical conclusion.

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