I picked a random book off my Kindle to read while I was waiting for some holds to come in from the library. This book is the first in the Spin trilogy that Tor provided free as part of their e-book club.
Genre: science fiction
Length: 458 pages
Setting: present-day (kind of) Earth
Summary: Tyler has always been friends with Jason and Diane, even though they live in the Big House his mother cleans. They are together, watching the stars when all the stars disappear. It seems a membrane was placed around the Earth and time within the membrane has slowed significantly compared to outside the membrane. The twin’s father, E.D., is in a position to capitalize on new technology, now that all the satellites are outside the membrane. Jason becomes instrumental in the company, helping to terraform Mars and establish a human colony there to research the Hypotheticals (who created the membrane). Tyler becomes a physician and Jason brings him in to help hide a neurological disorder. Diane gets pulled into a Christian cult, believing the End Times were upon us. A Martian was able to journey to Earth before a spin membrane appeared around Mars as well. All of this is told as flashbacks. In the present, Diane and Tyler are hiding from government agents and trying to transit through the Arch the Hypotheticals linked up to a different planet.
Final thoughts: I wasn’t very impressed with this book. The premise is interesting – outside the membrane, time is flying by so quickly, one generation of people lives millenia. Scientists are able to watch the slow terraforming of Mars, which would be fascinating! You could actually see evolution at work. The problem is, no one knows why this is happening. Jason will do almost anything to find out the why, including using questionable Martian biotechnology, if it gives him a chance of finding out some answers. The story line set in the present, hiding from the government, was tense and exciting. But, too much of the plot was focused on Tyler’s unrequited love for Diane and how he was always there to help her, regardless of the bad choices she made. I just didn’t care about them. There’s two more books in the series, and while I was happy to finish this book, I don’t think I’ll bother with the next two. I may read a plot summary to see if we ever get a why.
Awards won: Hugo Award in 2006
Title comes from: They called the big change the Spin since the universe outside the membrane was moving so fast in time relative to the Earth
Reading challenges fulfilled: book #40 for the year
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