Author: Neal Stephenson
This is my 19th read for the year
This is the story of the end of the world. The moon has exploded into several pieces and the scientist determine that in 2 years a great hard rain would end world. The scientist use this time to get people into space in livable conditions to grow and evolve until the human races can return to Earth. The dangers of space along with unexpected challenges leave very few people to carry on the future of humans.
5000 years pass, and it is time to return to earth. The humans have become 3 billion strong against all odds. They return to earth to discover that Earth wasn't the desolate planet that they thought it was.
This book was.......long. I listened to it to help pass the time during yard work, and it was 27 hours of listening. This book was a marathon, and a tedious one at that. It started out strong - I was intrigued about how they were going to get humans off the planet - as much as possible - in a 2 year time frame to save the human race. But Stephenson is like author Andy Weir but on speed. It was much more textbook than novel, and if he would have left out the constant over explanation about everything space, this novel would have been a comfortable 350 pages.
I then was hoping once it jumped 5000 years into the future we would be entertained how that would look. How humans - who spent 5000 years off earth evloved and changed. What ACTUALLY happened was the author spent this section of the book talking about the Seven Eves (the 7 women who harrold the human race into the future) and how their "races" took on the characteristics of each of those women. That would have been fine for a chapter. But it was a constant thing, and the story went actually nowhere.
Disappointing. And I did finish it because.....honestly I have no idea. But I do not recommend this one