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The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.
The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.
Three hundred years into the future where humans can freely travel to different planets and grow farms and forests to conserve endangered animals. Animals have been bred and live on farms in space. People aren’t just male and female anymore. They have both sexual organs. Gender is no longer the greatest divide in humanity. “The double lock and key” seems to be a perfect match and experience since it contains all pleasures at once. It was a rather odd and interesting chapter which I had to re-read again. I truly love the idea of being able to travel freely between planets. Space travel in the future is a MUST.
If you’re looking for a book that has incredible world building then 2312 is your book. This is why I loved it so much. There’s an extensive amount of detail. Detail that I can’t help but want to Google just to see if it’s true. I loved how Stanley made the earth and the rest of the planets his own form of fiction. It sounds way to realistic to even be fiction. I can definitely see society heading into this direction.
I don’t know much about the gender divide in this book, well because there is none. There are people with two sex organs. And yes they do have sex in a weird concept I had to re-read but was fascinated as well. Sure I didn’t understand it as much as I liked to but it was rather intriguing to think about.
I haven’t read my fair share of science fiction novels, an adult one no less, but this one stood out. Don’t pick up this book if you’re looking for a story-line because it’s not plot driven. It’s incredibly detailed and winded and the plot is dropped here and there by various states. It wasn’t the best story and not all that exciting, but like I said before, the world building is intense and that’s what made me keep reading. I’m definitely checking out more of Stanley’s work, especially his Mars trilogy.