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The Engine's Child by Holly Phillips
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Mar 28, 09

bookshelves: sf
Read in February, 2009

It's always interesting to read science fiction extrapolated from a different culture than my own. The setting is a colony descended from Indian forebears and stranded on a water planet with too little land for their growing population. The tension between religion and technology, between different paths back and an incomprehensible path forward, provides the plot's momentum. The lack of exposition made it a difficult book to get into and the ending felt left open for a sequel and all the characters are so busy hiding their purposes from everyone else that it is hard to get a grasp on who they really are. But the imagery was vivid and inventive and the language beautiful, so floating through it was no chore.
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