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Evolution's Darling by Scott Westerfeld
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Sep 20, 2010

it was ok
Read on September 20, 2010

Scott Westerfeld, I expected more from you. As the Uglies series shows, you're a good sci-fi writer. It and Leviathan proved you can convincingly write a new (or semi-new) world and yet leave the reader feeling like they *get* it.

Too bad you didn't in this book.

It's obviously meant for older teens, if not adults--not his fault my library has it in the juvenile section. But it seems that half the book is sex, sex, sex without a point. In fact, the entire book doesn't have a point. Chapters skip around various times and from various characters' POVs, but never quite come together enough to make a good story. Some of the characters were interesting, but their stories are all incomplete and I had to wonder: what was the point of me even reading this? There's no actual ending, half the plot isn't touched upon again.

And then there's jargon and more jargon; sometimes it's more like an encyclopedia than a novel, hard to follow even at the rare times when there's something resembling a story (which will, inevitably lead to more pointless sex). The book can't decide what it wants more: sci-fi, adult semi-romance (the sex scenes are often detailed), a plot, avant-garde non-sequential storytelling, or a clinical-sounding exposition on new worlds.

To be fair, it's one of his earlier works. To be honest, avoid it. There's much better stuff out there.

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