Book Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Book Series: The Long Earth #2
Released: 6/18/13 by HarperCollins
Pages:426 Price: $9.99 Paperback
Buy the Book: Amazon The Long War (Long Earth)
Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.
A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth – but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind… A new ‘America’, called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth – and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government…
Meanwhile the Long Earth is suffused by the song of the trolls, graceful hive-mind humanoids. But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity’s thoughtless exploitation… Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a gathering multiple crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any mankind has waged before.
While I am enjoying this series I have to agree with other criticism that has been made about this book. That this is an interesting story that is fairly lacking in plot. The authors have a point (I hope) and seem to feel that it is going to take hundreds of pages and several volumes to get to the heart of the action. Also, much of this second book feels as if it is simply setting up future books. Not the first time, and probably not the last, that a second book simply feels like filler.
I had trouble getting into this second book mainly because I had to wait so long for my turn at the library’s copy. If I had been able to dive right into this one after the first I might have had an easier time remembering who carried over from the first book and who was new. Around half-way through I was invested enough in this storyline that it didn’t matter that much and I could follow what was going on.
Still, I did enjoy listening to this book as the authors continue to bring up interesting questions of what makes a society, or makes us human, and what would happen if the people were truly free. The technology continues to fascinate me as well as the idea of exploring parallel Earths with slightly changing variables in its environment, history, and development. The characters continue to be well-developed and I spend much of the time thinking who they might represent in our own society. Even though this book was written in 2013 I have to say who the authors wrote as the President reminds me an awful lot of who is our current President-elect… Not a pleasant indicator of what our country might be in for in the next four-year.
Even though this story felt as if it was all over the place, though still interesting, I am going to continue for one more book at least (last one offered in audio format at my library). I did get my act together and requested it before finishing this book and able to start right away. I’m going to see if that makes a difference or not.
My Rating:3 Stars