Far from the Light of Heaven Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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“Simultaneously brutally grounded and wildly imaginative.” (Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award winner)
A tense and thrilling vision of humanity’s future in the chilling emptiness of space from rising giant in science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke Award winner Tade Thompson
The colony ship Ragtime docks in the Lagos system, having traveled light-years to bring one thousand sleeping souls to a new home among the stars. But when first mate Michelle Campion rouses, she discovers some of the sleepers will never wake.
Answering Campion’s distress call, investigator Rasheed Fin is tasked with finding out who is responsible for these deaths. Soon a sinister mystery unfolds aboard the gigantic vessel, one that will have repercussions for the entire system - from the scheming politicians of Lagos station, to the colony planet Bloodroot, to other far-flung systems, and indeed to Earth itself.
Praise for Far from the Light of Heaven
"Gripping and skillfully told, with an economy and freshness of approach that is all Tade Thompson''s own. The setting is interstellar, but it feels as real, immediate, and lethal as today's headlines." (Alastair Reynolds)
"A gripping space opera with characters fighting for their lives aboard a dying starship. I enjoyed it so much and can't wait to see what he does next." (Martha Wells, New York Times best-selling author)
For more from Tade Thompson, check out:
The Wormwood Trilogy
- Rosewater: Insurrection
- Rosewater: Redemption
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 4 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||October 26 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #21,947 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#64 in Space Exploration Science Fiction
#124 in Hard Science Fiction
#462 in High Tech Science Fiction (Books)
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If you haven't read Tade Thompson before, don't start here. Read the Rosewater trilogy for a completely original take on human-alien contact.
The world-building is great. While most of the action takes place on Ragtime, I loved Lagos station and learning about the Lambers. I also appreciated that the human characters were considerate towards the AI, even asking what pronouns they prefer.
The plot begins with the mystery of how the colonists died, but that’s quickly overshadowed by the weirdest series of events as things on Ragtime quickly spiral out of control. You’re not going to figure out ‘who dunnit’, or foresee any of the other twists that come completely out of left field, but the ending explains why everything happened, which I greatly appreciated.
The pacing can be on the slow side at times, reflecting the actualities of space travel and communication. Having said that, the characters never have enough time to solve a problem before the next one comes up, making the story feel claustrophobic, rushed, and tense.
The characters are intriguing and unusual. Shell is calm and collected even under the worst pressure. Fin hates space though he’s excited to be practicing his trade again after screwing up his last assignment. Joké is… unique and kind of fun.
This is a different kind of science fiction novel, something the author mentions in an afterword at the end of the book. So if you want something outside the norm give this a try.
Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
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The prologue got me very excited about the potential of the story. Far from the Light of Heaven gave me a lot of Alien franchise vibes. So much can go wrong in space – no one can hear you scream, even more so when you are in a deep sleep and being transported into the cosmos. As some of the crew awake, they discover that a massacre has taken place, and an investigation into the who and why must take precedence. The captain, Shell Campion is one character I enjoyed reading about, she slid into the confines of the character with practiced ease.
Shell Campion is a character with grit and determination. She carries out her duties with passion and takes her responsibilities seriously. So, when she discovers the mutilated bodies of her passengers, she knows that she must do everything she can to get to the bottom of it. She has the perfect balance between conflict and problem-solving. Like I say she was my favourite aspect of the story, unfortunately, it was hugely let down by the abrupt way the story was concluded. The pace quickened unnecessarily, and I felt the ending was just placed on the reader’s lap without any pre-warning.
As I stated previously, I wanted to enjoy this one more than I ended up doing. It had all the hallmarks of a spectacular sci-fi story but fell flat with the questionable science, unimpressionable characters and the writing came across as a bit staccato. This could be a book for you, so don’t let my review influence your enjoyment, but it was a bit hit and miss for me.
First of all, I would probably consider this as a first draft of a potentially very good book. BUT, it does have some serious holes that I feel the author should have addressed and edited properly. I can only assume there wasn’t much time for another edit.
Overall it was an easy read. Having said that, I kept thinking about the book and I was getting increasingly annoyed by holes in the plot and things that in retrospect didn’t align.
Pros: a very interesting universe, some elements are very captivating
Cons: loads of inconsistencies, things that don’t really make sense. The characters are very one dimensional and not really explored in depth. And I’m sorry but it also feels like the author does not understand women in the slightest.
with any of the characters except for Salvo, and this novel was more much more culturally political. I don’t understand the protocol of not using a capital for White when every other skin colour has been capatilised. I found it divisive & unnecessary. I immediately felt an unpleasant undercurrent which stopped me finishing the book. I wish novelists would keep race politics out of their work.