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Coalescent by Stephen Baxter
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Sep 26, 2010

I really enjoyed book one of the Destiny's Children series. The format of alternating between present day and 300 A.C.E. Rome was an interesting way bring all the events of the story together. It also made me question our human perception of time as a thing to be experienced as linear. By alternating each chapter between the present and ancient times events, I was able to think of the events in time as if they were happening concurrently as opposed to hundreds of years apart. I'm not sure if this was Baxter's intent, but it is one thing I took out of this book. The story was really interesting. In Coalescent Baxter spends a lot of time building up the events taking place on Earth that set up the future of the series as mankind eventually spreads out into the galaxy. A glimpse into that future won't happen until the final couple of chapters of Coalescent. You may find yourself wondering how this book qualifies as Sci-Fi as you read through the first 90 percent of it. Just wait.
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