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This work should be a Hugo nominee this year: it's that good. And as an audiobook- even better.
The description of the story is intriguing in itself. If you are reading this, it was interesting enough to attract your attention. Yet describing the story outline can't even begin to convey the rich enjoyment of listening to the audiobook as it unfolds.This particular quality of literate and fully satisfying science fiction is very hard to come by. And it is never the most highly rated by the public: when everyone has an equal vote, it can't be. But if you relish Kim Stanley Robinson and other equally intelligent science fiction writers, try Quietus.
To Tristan Palmgren,Thomas Judd, and the production team: congratulations, and thanks for the masterpiece. I've been reading mostly science fiction for 50 years, so am understandably bored by its mediocre iterations. By now, only the most deeply enjoyable experiences can galvanize me enough to try to write a review. I hope my fellow hunters-of-excellence will fully understand what I mean to convey. Quietus is a rare marvel, and a sumptuous example of the art of science fiction.
The setting is an Empire which spans multiple universes. Among these universes, Communication, Trade, Travel and Expansion are controlled by an 'Amalgamation' of AI's. The Humans of this Empire are highly technologically enhanced to be able to control their minds, bodily functions, their senses, tools and communication. They are also being afflicted by an unknown and undetectable plague which affects their technology and eventually kills them. To learn to cope with this plague, the AI's use teams of Anthropologists to study primitive universes which are also suffering their own plagues. The story follows one such team studying the Black Plague in medieval Italy. The team is not allowed to interfere with the society - only to observe. To insure this rule, they are not allowed to have any knowledge of a cure. The team leader is stricken by the horror of suffering and her inability to do anything about it. She breaks the rules and saves a monk from death by wolves, starvation and freezing. Thus begins the unfolding of a mysterious conspiracy and events which shake the Empire to it's core! This is a very well thought out story that will keep you guessing to near the end. At one point, I thought it would wind up being some kind of 'Matrix' type virtual reality universe but it goes way beyond that. Character development is good. World building is excellent. In fact, the trip through this primitive, plague ridden world in contrast to high technology was very engaging for me. The exposure of the multi-faceted conflict and resolution has really great timing. Nothing boring for me. There are also subtle hints; a single word or sentence, that will clue you in to what's coming. All well placed to make me feel smart! The narrator quickly fades into the background. I didn't notice anything but the story he is telling. I feel that is the mark of an excellent narrator and story. In all, I really enjoyed this unique take on the 'multi-verse' thing.