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The story is, unlike many of he Sci-Fi genre, far more concerned about the people who travel than the tech, or the thing stoned-for. The story builds over the book in a way that led me to hope for a climax, but it didn't arrive.
Of the characters themselves, I didn't feel any great empathy with any of them, though there were some interesting sketches.
Overall, I can't recommend this one.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The first half of the book is great. The mystery builds, and you find out what the great secret the Atoners have. Loved it.
The second half of the book just seems to flounder, never exploring the potential of the story. The Atoners take a background role and instead, we are back on earth exploring the daily lives of the witnesses and society as they deal with the news of what the Atoners have revealed. It's a great character study, but not really my cup of tea as far as sci-fi goes.
The narration is great and the story is not bad, just doesn't live up to the promise of the book's description, nor what I think it could have achieved. I gave it 3 stars.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This book takes us to two faraway planets that are richly described with carefully crafted cultures, and that is the best part of the book. Once the humans figure out what the aliens are atoning for, the book changes focus to the fallout of that realization back on Earth. That half of the book seemed to be building toward a major event that never happened. I thought that maybe the end was contrived to enable a sequel, but there is none.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful