Book Reviews

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

13 December, 2017

 

Book: The Long Earth

Authors: Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

Genre: Science Fiction; Fantasy;

Pages: 336 pages

Format: Hardback

Goodreads rating: 3.74

My ratings: 3 stars

Online Store: Awesome Books

Synopsis:

The Silence was very faint here. Almost drowned out by the sounds of the mundane world. Did people in this polished building understand how noisy it was? The roar of air conditioners and computer fans, the susurration of many voices heard but not decipherable…. This was the office of the transEarth Institute, an arm of the Black Corporation. The faceless office, all plasterboard and chrome, was dominated by a huge logo, a chesspiece knight. This wasn’t Joshua’s world. None of it was his world. In fact, when you got right down to it, he didn’t have a world; he had all of them.

My Review (Spoiler Free): 

The “Long Earth” is about a possibly infinite series of parallel worlds that are similar to Earth, which can be reached by using a device called “Stepper”. The “close” worlds are almost identical to “our” Earth (referred to as “Datum Earth”), while others can be very different.

We follow Joshua Valienté, a natural stepper (that means he can step without a device) that goes on a journey with Lobsang, a computer program, believed to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan motorcycle repairman and they both try to explore and discover the secrets of the Long Earth.

I have a problem with the concept of this book. It’s both incredibly original for me and also deeply depressing to read about. After thinking about it I decided that I like it. I like the series, it could definitely have been a favorite of mine if not for a few aspects that I thought were missing.

Character development, where are you? Why is every character in this book described the same? Yes, I can distinguish and accept they have different personalities but at the same time I feel that the authors could explore them a bit more. Make me fall in love with them or hate them, I don’t mind either but just make me feel something!

I can honestly say that the reason I’m giving this book only three stars is the fact that I just don’t care enough. Yes, I like the story, I love the world but while reading this I just feel that I’m alone and the characters don’t matter.

I also found the writing unnecessarily confusing sometimes but I could have dealt with that if there weren’t other very importante flaws.

As you can see I’m disappointed with the book. It could have been so much more!

But in the end, was it worth? Hm, well I guess… Will I continue the series? Maybe.

Still, no excitement whatsoever.

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