Child of the River by Paul McAuley

This is an old review, which is easy to see when you see the length of my summary and lack of much information in my final thoughts. I wish I could be so brief in my summaries now, but seem to tend to wordiness these days. Apparently I read another book by this author and enjoyed it. That’s good enough to look into another book, and this is the first book in the Confluence series.

Published: 1997

Genre: science fiction

Length: 336 pages

Setting: the world of Confluence, a future world

Summary: Confluence is a planet where the Preservers raised up 10,000 bloodlines to sentience and remade the universe surrounding Confluence. We follow Yama, a foundling of an unknown bloodline. Apparently, he is one of the Builders who came after the Preservers. Yama has the ability to control machines and different factions try to use his to advance their political aims. He manages to elude them all and pick up some friends along the way.

Final thoughts: The author’s trying too hard to set up this awesome new world. We spend too much time at the beginning setting up this new society and environment, it gets boring. Certainly not worth reading more of the series.

Title comes from: Yama’s name means “child of the river”, which is appropriate since that’s where he was found as a baby.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book read in a previous year

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