Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson | Book Review


It helps to be a science geek for this one I think. This novel follows a spaceship's population as they attempt to travel to Aurora from Earth to make a new home for the human race.

It took me about 2 months to read, which is a long time for me. It's mostly narrated by their spaceship, so there’s little humour and for most of it, no real narrative ability. I get that that is the point but it doesn’t make it any easier to read. A lot of the jargon went over my head, or didn't quite make sense to me. There are points where it rambles for pages trying to explain something to the humans on board, before one of the humans will but it and ask it to be faster. Then it will still go on for a page or two. In those times its a lot of mumbo jumbo that doesn’t really help the story along much. It could basically be half the size.

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There is a part, not saying when, when the ship is narrated from an omnipresent point of view. It's faster, has humour and a lot more passion for the story. Those pages were also far easier to read.

I'll admit it was all worth it in the end. It all came to a good conclusion and I felt the story went through the full story. It just took me a long while to get there, so I didn’t enjoy it as much. I’d liken this experience to my experience reading The Host by Stephanie Meyer.

The characters were diverse and interesting, but I feel like if it was narrated by a person, you’d get a slightly more in depth look at how they treat others. It was very matter of fact, like this person did this, which often said a lot about the person, but not how it affected others. The ship as a character develops too though, which was an interesting aspect.

There’s only a small love story throughout it, it’s more of a love thy neighbour kind of a story. I’ll admit, I like my science fiction to have some love story and fun friendships to balance out the technicalities.

If you love science fiction, space or different narrations styles, give this one a go.

Emma |




Thanks to Hachette NZ for my copy of Aurora and allowing me to give an honest review