Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson
The blurbage for Aurora sounds much like the premise of the film, Interstellar -- both focus on inter-connectivity, the search for a home to replace earth, and a character-defining voyage and arrival in space. Yet these two tales are very different.
Aurora reads like a hard sci fi classic -- a classic unafraid to dive into dense scientific exposition, jargon and world-building. I love starships as much as the next girl (okay, more, you got me! /hands held up in surrender), but sadly, I am also often an impatient reader.
Stanley's careful, experienced voice calls for a level of patience and attentiveness I can't always promise I'll bring to an end-of-parenting-work-day. I had to restart the novel twice, for this reason, and struggled to become engaged in it.
If you are a patient, and have a Love of the Science, these are the things I think you'll be pleased to find in Aurora:
- Honest human moments strung together in amidst all of the science and larger questions (and answers) about humanity.
- Great protagonist growth.
- Plenty of detail.
- Supporting characters' characterisation.
- Pacing (which sadly, is a clincher for me, in this chapter of my life).
Review copy received from Hachette. Available in bookstores today.