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The Colony by Jillian Weise
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Aug 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010
Read in August, 2010

Extremely well written -- funny and poetic and terribly sad and moving at the same time. The scientific satire was crisp and original, and the meditations, both comic and deeply serious, on what it means to have one leg (be different) are mesmerizing.

I resisted the fantastic nature of some parts -- like the Darwin interludes (I like my sci fi "realistic", which is my problem), but eventually let go and enjoyed the author's playfulness.

What I didn't come around to was what seemed like the repetitive push and pull of the narrator's relationship with Nick, too much coming together and coming apart and coming together and being jealous and... This was the slightest part of the book (Nick was a little too yummy to be true) and yet got too much weight.

But a powerful writer to a watch.

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