Jamie Lott's Reviews > 3001: The Final Odyssey

3001 by Arthur C. Clarke
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Feb 09, 2011

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While I found the science fiction elements of 3001 to shift between the gimmicky tropes of the genre, and an interesting sense of novelty, I found that the dips in quality didn't hinder my enjoyment of the book. The world which Clarke establishes bears a degree of relevance to our own in that the cultures described haven't lost any of the definitive traits which makes us human. The inhabitants of 3001 crave an understanding of their existence, cling to self-improvement, and fear for their own destruction.

The utilization of Frank Poole, priorly tucked away into a proverbial corner of the 2001 universe, was a refreshing and unexpected perspective that felt like a visit with an old friend. The ambiguity which permeated throughout the prior books has been replaced with concrete explanations of the monolith's origins and the species which built them. Overall, the quality of the 2001 series has diminished with the creation of 3001, though not to the extent that any fan should pass on it.
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