When seventeen-year-old Toby McGonigal finds himself lost in space, separated from his family, he expects his next drift into cold sleep to be his last. After all, the planet he's orbiting is frozen and sunless, and the cities are dead. But when Toby wakes again, he's surprised to discover a thriving planet, a strange and prosperous galaxy, and something stranger still—tha...more
The whole Lockstep system was totally confusing to someone with my limited brain power. See, the people on these planets hibernate for X amount of years (30 or so, I think), and then thaw out. They live their lives normally for about a month or so before jumping into a hibernation bed again.
Wash. Rinse Repeat.
But the problem comes when you add in the planets that don't op ...more
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+ the world building
The world building confused me, which I should have expected because the book was hard science fiction. It wasn’t till the middle of the book that I finally understood what lockstep was, and I felt giddy when I did. It took some time but it was worth it. I was amazed by how sophisticated and creative the world building was.
It was very interesting reading ...more
My brain does not feel fully equipped to handle Lockstep. Obviously, this is not a criticism of the book; rather it is one on my limitations in spatial-temporal thinking. For you see, the whole book revolves around a fascinating but sometimes confusing concept of coordinated hibernation cycles. With no warp drives and light-years between colonized planets, it's the most efficient way to keep a civilization going in a huge ...more
In case you haven’t already guessed, I love science fiction. One thing that frustrates me is the stigma that comes with the genre – it’s geeky, it’s nerdy, it’s for people with no lives. Which is all a load of rubbish, and since YA sci-fi has become increasingly more common, I hope it’s a stereotype that will soon disappear. One thing I have noticed though, is that th ...more
When Toby is out on a mission to claim an asteroid for his family his ship is ...more
Reviewing Lockstep proves to be very hard for me. There were so many things that I loved about the book but in the end it couldn't completely convince me of its grandness, unfortunately. I've come to realize that I'd read books of any genre as long as the characters appeal to me. I like to feel what they feel and the best books are those who best describe human emotions ...more
Toby McGonigal is a near-future teen, obsessed with playing simulation video games, a loving brother and son. His family are pioneers, among the first to leave the solar system and lay claim to a rogue planet. In order to cement the ownership claim, the family must physically visit all the bodies in the system - but on ...more
This was pretty fun science fiction novel that explored some unique ideas. I found the concept of Lockstepping to be very fascinating and enjoyed learning how these hypernation cycles affected every aspect of their society. The characters felt a bit weak and the plot began to drag, but overall I enjoyed this one for the tidbits of hard science.
This is the setup: given a slower-than-lightspeed universe (just like the one we seem to be stuck with in reality), a universe where even the ...more
_Lockstep_ is not as gargantuan as either of those, but it *is* a genuinely new idea for a hard-SF civilization. I didn't think any of those were left. Come to think of it, the last one was Schroeder's _Permanence_, unless it was Schroeder's Virga books. I guess he's chosen a metier.
I will ...more
The story is really about Toby, who wakes up 14000 years after being put in a frozen state. He quickly learns that his family pioneered a form of interstellar travel/cooperation called the Lockstep, which involved timing states of sleep/suspended a ...more
It's a interesting story, and will draw you in, if you are a fan of hard science fiction and want to try some young adult, this is the book for you. I'm a fan and look forward to future tales.
Apologize for the shortness, I decided to get to the point on a few ...more
The start of Lockstep is very slow, but once I got into the story, I was completely hooked!
This review is based on an ARC received for free from NetGalley. I am not being paid to review this book and what I write here is my own opinion. My rating scale is below.
After spending fourteen thousand years adrift in space, Toby McGonigal wakes to find himself in a future where most people spend thirty years asleep for every month spent awake, and that these cycles are controlled by his despotic brother and sister.
Let me preface by saying that this is not a bad book. ...more
*I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
For Seventeen year old Toby McGonigal, a supposed quick trip to a comet called Rockette to file a claim on it in behest of his family, ends in a 14,000 year journey thanks to a major malfunction with his ship, and ends profoundly changing his life, while putting him directly into confrontation with ...more
I seem to be on a run lately of reading weaker books by authors that I like. I ended up skimming this book after the first hundred pages.
While I loved the Virga series, many of the strengths of those books were not apparent in this one.
One: imagery: Virga was a really cool steampunk/singularity cross, with airships, gear-cities, and other great images. I didn't really get any of that with Lockstep.
I will start off this review by saying that I hardly ever read hard science fiction, particularly space opera. That being said, it is a genre which has always intrigued me. Space opera operates at such a grand epic scale with characters jumping from planet to planet and entire empires unfolding before your very eyes. In all honesty, the idea of reading a book about the vast uncharted empire of space was quite intimidating to me. I hoped Loc ...more
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Upon initial evaluation, Lockstep sounds like your typical YA: young protagonists engaging in a soppy romance while navigating a loopy plot with staggeringly bad logic and science.
But that is not this book.
What we have is an intelligent, well written, and thoroughly grounded hard sci fi with a surprisingly warm heart at the core. Originally published in parts in Analog magazine, the story provides a realistic method b ...more
The story of Lockstep itself is very YA: a teenager trapped in hibernation on his way to claim a comet for his newly-colonial family wakes to find a burgeoning civilization that is si ...more
The first half of the book was a definite 4 stars, but the last half was more like 3 stars. So I split the difference and give it 3.5 stars. I am obsessed with space novels, and fortunately for me there seem to be a lot being published right now. This one was unique and in-depth in its world building. The character development was well done. I felt like the last half explained the lockstep system repeatedly. I just wanted the story, but the explanation kept getting in the way. The premi ...more
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