The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts

Book Review


The Freeze-Frame RevolutionBook Genre: Science Fiction

Book Series: N/A

Released: 6/18/18 by Tachyon Publications

Pages: 192  Price: $14.95 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.



Book Synopsis:

She believed in the mission with all her heart.
But that was sixty million years ago.

How do you stage a mutiny when you’re only awake one day in a million? How do you conspire when your tiny handful of potential allies changes with each shift? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears and relentlessly, honestly, only wants what best for you?

Sunday Ahzmundin is about to find out.

My Review:

I just did not get this book and struggled through most of it.  I kept wondering what was going on and so much simply didn’t make sense to me.  The last 30 pages I ended up just skimming so I most likely missed some answers to the questions I have but by the end I simply lost interest.  The only reason I finished the story was because it was so short.

My biggest issue was I never truly understood what the crew was doing out there in space.  It had something to do with gates, but gates to where?  How did they work?  Why were they being built? Oh wait I think that was explained.  Then there is the fact that they end up ‘sleeping’ for centuries at a time and mention that humanity might not even exist on Earth anymore.  So what is the point of building the gates?  This plot point struck me as unnecessary.  I think the author wanted to use it as a way to make the story interesting, but I think it would have been fine had the crew simply slept for a few years at a time.  After all we never go back to Earth or interact with any other race so there is no new technology or civilization for the crew to readjust to.

I did like Sunday and her interactions with chimp and the other crew members.  The whole mutiny plot was interesting but overshadowed by the questions I had, some mentioned above.

I wanted to like this more than I did.  I’m usually able to suspend reality while reading but this story simply brought up too many questions regarding plot and setting for me to overlook.  I’m glad I tried it and might be willing to try another title by this author.

My Rating: 2 Stars