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Review: ‘2312’ by Kim Stanley Robinson

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘2312’ by Kim Stanley Robinson2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
Published by Orbit on May 22nd, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Space
Pages: 561
Format: Hardcover
Source: requested from publisher
four-stars
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.

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review

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.


quotes

If you had sex with a machine, was that interesting, or just a complicated form of self-satisfaction?
It’s been said that when societies are stressed, they don’t actually face up to their problem but look away instead, put on blinkers and go into denial.
It had been a luxury in her life always to do something, never to have to wait. Now reality kicked in. Sometimes you had to wait for it.

rating

4/5

four-stars

20 Comments

  1. Jaseena

    November 18, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Looks like an awesome book !! I’m going to add t to my tbr list !

  2. fatma shahin

    October 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    sounds like such an intense book! 😀 love your reviews as always 🙂

  3. Diana Grace

    August 20, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Sounds good! Nice review 🙂

  4. FJ

    June 18, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Not plot driven? I love sci-fi books. But if you said so, well, I think I don’t wanna read this book. Or I would read it when my read-to shelves more slightly 😳

  5. Jaime Lester

    March 25, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    This isn’t the type of book that I read typically, and I can’t say that I will read it in the future. But I did like your review, and I really like the cover of the novel!

  6. Ashley @ FireStarBooks

    December 6, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Wow! That a door stopper! I don’t think I can carry that around. I think it needs a wagon…*tugs on wagon* :3 My sister is a huge sci-fi fan, I am totally recommending this to her. Great review as always! 😀

  7. Christiane C.

    November 30, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    This sounds interesting, I’ll give it a read 😀 Great Review!

  8. Jessica

    November 8, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Wow, this one sounds really… different. I love good world building, so I might have to take a look at it 🙂

  9. Brent

    November 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    sounds interesting

  10. Devon

    November 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    world building is what i look for when it comes to science fiction type bks.

  11. Dita

    November 3, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Looking forward to read this. Thanks for the review! 🙂

  12. Martina Koleva

    October 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    I’m a fan of books set in the future and I really like the sound of this one. I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to read it but I really like to give it a try. Great review!

  13. Karina A.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    I like that the book has detailed world-building. It’s fun to read such books. I’m not a sci-fi reader but this seems a good one. The quotes you chose are funny! 🙂
    Great review!

  14. Grace Lo

    October 19, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Oh my gosh. This sounds like the type of book I need to get ASAP! From your review, this sounds like a fascinating world and although I felt slightly “da wha?” at the concept of sex, it seems like an interesting thought.

  15. Sarah O

    October 19, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    So this sounds different from anything I’ve ever read. It sounds like a lot of stuff I like: futuristic, people living outside of earth etc. but I can’t even imagine how the double gender part works in with everything else.

  16. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    October 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    “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.”

    I can’t even comprehend.. *boggle* I think I HAVE to read this to see what this is all about now. Whaaat? How does it work??! lol

    I’m very interested now, I don’t even care if there is no story. The biologist in me says “reeeead!”

  17. Kelly

    October 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    I just love post-Apocalyptic story!!! maybe I’ll give it a try!

  18. Christina K.

    October 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    That’s an awesome cover, Sci-fi is an awesome way of approaching lots of different topics about space travel:)

  19. Devon

    October 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    this sounds like an awsome bk can’t wait to read it. =)

  20. Stephanie @ Bookfever

    October 18, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    This looks awesome! 😀 Great review.

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