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3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  30,241 Ratings  ·  4,392 Reviews
From Mike's Collectable Books- What would happen if the world were ending? A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space. But the complexities and unpredictability of human n ...more
Kindle Edition, 881 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by William Morrow
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May 24, 2015 Jenne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so the first two thirds of this was shaping up to be pretty much my favorite book ever, like if someone had called me up and said, "okay, we will get any author you name, and they will write exactly the book you would like to read, just give us a list of what you want."
And then I gave them a list something like this and was like, NEAL STEPHENSON PLEASE:
-Someone succeeding through clever means
-Something grand being destroyed in an epic fashion
-People trapped together
-People work
Feb 24, 2016 Felicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Amazing stand alone sci-fi, highly recommended. I guess Neal Stephenson is a legend for a reason!
May 24, 2015 Joel rated it liked it
The *science* and world-building is awesome. The storytelling and character development not so much so.

There is a guideline for writing, they say "show, don't tell". And, yes, I know NS never really follows this rule, but here's it's extreme. Most of the book is like

Moira walked into the room. [5 pages of backstory about Moira] She looked at Dinah. [10 pages of backstory about different people who have looked at Dinah].

This is to a degree forgivable when the backstory is *fun*, but this is a s
Will Byrnes
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Jeffrey Keeten
“We're not hunter-gatherers anymore. We're all living like patients in the intensive care unit of a hospital. What keeps us alive isn't bravery, or athleticism, or any of those other skills that were valuable in a caveman society. It's our ability to master complex technological skills. It is our ability to be nerds. We need to breed nerds.”

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Nerd Alert! Be nice to the nerds in your life. They might save your ass someday.

Nerds realized a long time ago in the United States that they needed to bec
I don't know what all those complainers are going on about. As far as I can see, I just got two novels for the price of one. The first 2/3rds is all hard science fiction, where science matters and the whole thing is tied together with plausibility. The last third is pure unadulterated speculative fiction with damn fine worldbuilding and extrapolation from the first 2/3rds.

Let me back up. I can honestly say that I loved the gigantic erector set that was the first novel, but I will admit that I wa
Seveneves: 600 pages of infodumping leaves little room for plot development
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
I must be developing an immunity to the Kool-Aid that Neal Stephenson serves his fans. Snow Crash and Crytonomicon are two of my favorite books, but I was lukewarm towards The Diamond Age and then hit a wall with Anathem. So when I heard he was coming out with Seveneves, and that the plot was much more like traditional “hard” SF than his earlier cyberpunk, steampunk, nanotech, crypto
Susan May
Sep 30, 2015 Susan May rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Official announcement:

So after 650 pages of 850, Seveneves & I are going our separate ways. I've decided he's a bore. He just dwells too much on technical minutiae & I like to focus on people & characters & enjoy the adventure in books. I'm sure there are thousands who will love him for who he is.
He did try & change for me, bless him. He put on a silly hat, got me some flowers, but it wasn't enough to entice me to continue with him until the end. I'm sorry, Seveneves, I told
May 28, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephenson is my KING. Yet another masterwork of epic proportions that still somehow leaves you wanting more.

This is Stephenson turning his eye on the world of hard sf, imagining a complex but totally believable future for a humanity bereft of earth. In fact at one point I was having a total squee because he's created a world where both the old sf imaginings of the future with their great dumb machines, and the newer sf with its knowledge of computers, come together to form this intriguing visi
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Jul 01, 2015 matthew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I knew I was going to hate this novel around page 270 when Mr Stephenson, technocrat extraordinaire, decided to spend a page complaining about modern gender theory and "academic leftists" who were wasting time and energy. I had already been put off by the jingoistic libertarian nonsense promulgated through a lot of science fiction and given centre stage in this novel, but this anti-humanities screed was the last straw. It's not just that it's intellectually lazy (it is, though, full of strawmen) ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ner, 2015, did-not-finish

I just can't do it anymore. I am 46% through this 880 page monstrosity, and I just cannot read another page. I thought I would give it one more shot tonight, but after reading for 45 minutes and literally having no idea what I just read I think it is time to throw in the towel.

I feel like I should like this book. I love space and dystopian (which, I guess this kind of is?) but I should have known better given that I don't really like sci-fi. And the plot was actually intriguing. I liked many
Oct 23, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Michael by: Will Byrnes
This epic tale of survival of the human species in space after the earth gets wrecked by a “Hard Rain” of meteorites was a real treat for me. It represents a landmark in revival of old themes of science fiction from the Golden Age of the 40s and 50s, which had hallmarks of inspiring a sense of wonder and of extolling human technological capacities and can-do spirit sufficient to break out of our fragile planetary prison. For those who have been disappointed in previous attempts to read recent St ...more
Niall Alexander
Apr 29, 2015 Niall Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
600 pages of concentrated awesomesauce, let down a little by Stephenson's decision to devote so much of the last part to backfilling the 5000 years of future history he skipped absent the underpinnings of character or narrative. Still. His best in a decade, I dare say.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I managed to read this 870 page SciFi chunkster while my family was on vacation the last few days in southern Utah, visiting Zion, Goblin Valley, Dead Horse Point and Arches national and state parks. (There was a lot of downtime while we were driving between different points of interest.)

Arches National Park

The seared look of the landscape in some of those parks fit in well with the premise of this epic novel.

Goblin Valley State Park

The moon is suddenly broken apart by some unknown agent, and
Andrew Smith
Jun 06, 2015 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I continued my recent SF binge with a look at this mammoth offering from the award-winning writer of ‘speculative fiction’. The first sentence sets the scene pretty well:

The moon blew up with no warning and for no apparent reason.

Soon, the best known television commentator on such issues is proclaiming that the hard rain’s a-gonna fall. And keep falling. In fact it’ll rain rocks for thousands of years. Not the best news then.

And we’re off into the realm of the end of the world, as we know it
Otis Chandler
Nov 18, 2015 Otis Chandler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I love Stephenson - and this was another hit - absolutely loved it. The great thing about a good Stephenson book is it makes you think about the future in new ways, and this book was no exception.

It was really two books, and I certainly didn't see the second one coming. It starts out in modern times and then someone blows up the moon. We don't have time to find out who, as within a few years the fragments of the moon cause the worst asteriod shower earth has ever seen and wipe out all life in e
Aug 20, 2015 Mona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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A Wealth of Technical Details

Let me get this clear up front. I’m a Neal Stephenson fan. Cryptonomicon is one of my favorite books. I also loved the Baroque Cycle series. Snow Crash, not so much. That said, I was ambivalent (right up until the end) about whether to give this 3 stars or 4. But the last section did it---four stars it is. My ambivalence is because of the very thing that makes Stephenson’s writing what it is---the plethora of technical details. Certainly Ste
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Reminder to self: no review posting until less than 30 days before release date.

Silly brag: woohoo I totally scored a review copy of this book!
Althea Ann
Aug 05, 2015 Althea Ann rated it really liked it
Interesting, and extremely entertaining book. (Or, should I say, 'two books'? Because it really is two totally separate novels.)

The first book is a very much on-trend apocalyptic-event novel. An enigmatic something causes the moon to blow apart into 7 huge chunks. Since Neal Stephenson covered it at the talk I saw him give recently, I'm going to say he doesn't think it'd be too much of a spoiler to reveal that those seven chunks are soon predicted to keep banging up against each other in orbit u
The most expected sf novel of the year for me turned out to be quite frustrating as it clearly could have been awesome and among the best sf of all time if it just started on page 516 or so with what was advertised in the blurb (the seven races terraforming the earth etc); but for 500+ pages the book is a competent mixture of techno-thriller apocalyptic/post apocalyptic sf with some very unrealistic assumptions (something like the hard rain of the novel coming up would induce massive breakdown o ...more
Yzabel Ginsberg
I finally managed to finish it. Yesss. I did.

Now where to start.

Good ideas, definitely. Using the ISS as a base for survival. Trying to cram as much knowledge and items as possible there to preserve the human race. Having to watch from above, knowing that all your beloved ones are doomed to death in about two years, and the clock keeps ticking by. Knowing that it's all unavoidable because it's happening on such a scale no group of heroes will be able to fix it, or whatever. Having to say goodbye
Jun 05, 2015 Enso rated it it was ok
As the joke has been going, if you enjoy orbital mechanics as a main character, you'll enjoy this novel. I was commenting to someone that the book could be 100 pages shorter if we dumped the super detailed description of orbital mechanics that occurs as an info-dump over and over again. Then I met someone who had gotten annoyed enough to begin counting pages when it happened and got to around 259 pages of it. *sigh*

Stephenson is the Stephen King of Science Fiction: only writes massive novels tha
Lindsey Rey
Jun 25, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2015
[4.5 Stars]
Jan 30, 2016 Dianne rated it liked it
It took me two weeks to read this doorstop of a book. Very imaginative and interesting (especially the first 2/3 of the book) but too darned LONG. Chock full of science and spanning 5000 years in 880 pages....I would only recommend this to sci fi lovers who have the time and concentration to devote to an uninterrupted read. I work full time and long hours, so it was rough having to put it down and pick it up repeatedly and try to recall where I was, what was going on, and who was who.

For me a so
Its been a while since book left me with so many mixed feelings like Seveneves did.


* Builds on existing technology. Science fiction novels that use current state of our world as a starting point (or existing science concepts) and then build on it are my favorite kind. For example think of anything by Arthur C. Clarke. In Seveneves, everything scientists and engineers do, sounds realizable.

* Made me care. As a speculative fiction fan, I read a lot of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic books.
Christy LoveOfBooks


Dork alert: My initial draw to Seveneves was because of the title. I have a weird attraction to palindromes, so I immediately zeroed in on it. Go ahead and roll your eyes. Then I knew for sure this book was for me after reading the description. It was slow going at points, but I ultimately loved it and found myself totally engrossed with the story.

A catastrophic event occurs that means the demise of human existence, but a small population escapes and returns 5000 years later. I’ve actually
Kevin Xu
Jun 04, 2015 Kevin Xu rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I tried so hard to enjoy the story, but I did care for any of the characters as they seemed like 2D rather than 3D, even though I thought the premise/idea was pretty cool.
Executive Summary: Another interesting book from Mr. Stephenson, that was somehow a bit too short for me despite its 32 hour duration. This one won't be for everyone, but I'd put it on par with many of his previous books.

Audio book: This was my first time listening to a book narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal. She's really excellent. So excellent, that I was pretty disappointed when it changed to Will Damron for Part 3. I'm not sure why they did this. Was Ms. Kowal too busy to finish recording? Wa
Jun 10, 2015 Graham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neal Stephenson needs an Editor!

This is a book for people who who really like Stephenson's work and I have to admit that I loved his earlier work (Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle). Whilst I enjoyed it, there are a number of serious issues with the sub characters that prevent me from giving this a high score. It's also too long by about 400 pages.

The book is split into two sections. The first half is about humanities fight for survival following the destruction of
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About Neal Stephenson

545 Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem, and the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World), as well as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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