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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters co-author Ben H. Winters is back with an all-new collaborator, legendary Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, and the result is Android Karenina an enhanced edition of the classic love story set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.
As in the original novel, our story follows two relationships: the tragic adulterous romance of Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, and the much more hopeful marriage of Konstantin Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya.These four, yearning for true love, live in a steampunk-inspired 19th century of mechanical butlers, extraterrestrial-worshiping cults, and airborne debutante balls. Their passions alone would be enough to consume them-but when a secret cabal of radical scientific revolutionaries launches an attack on Russian high society's high-tech lifestyle, our heroes must fight back with all their courage, all their gadgets, and all the power of a sleek new cyborg model like nothing the world has ever seen." Filled with the same blend of romance, drama, and fantasy that made the first two Quirk Classics New York Times best sellers, Android Karenina brings this celebrated series into the exciting world of science fiction.
This book is narrated by a character that goes by many different names: Victor, Jim Dirkson, Albie, Brother. So many names to remember and you never even find out his real name.
Victor, once a slave himself, is employed by the US Marshal's Service to find and capture a runaway slave named Jackdaw. He plays his part, trying to infiltrate the Underground Airlines to find him. Now, this isn't 1859, folks. This is a re- imagining of the 21st century where the Civil War never took place and slavery still exists in certain southern states called the Hard Four (never really tells you what states, but one is definitely Alabama.)
The name Underground Airlines reminds you of the Underground Railroad. There were conductors and baggage back then and it wasn't really a railroad. Same with this with no airplanes, but airline terms that aren't explained fully: flight attendant, luggage, etc. I guess the author decided that wasn't important. Then you have Victor's past life as a slave on a plantation corporation Bell's Farm woven in with present day. I wish more would have been said about his time at the farm with his brother, Castle. Victor was a hard character to connect with anyway though. He was very straight and narrow, no personality because he was busy being other characters in order to find out where Jackdaw was and playing people. One thing I did notice was that he loves Michael Jackson songs. Then there was Martha, a young mother and Victor's one true friend in all of this mess, even if he couldn't see it. He helps her and she helps him.
I did like this book, but I feel like it had so much more potential. It's eye opening and shocking, but it still left me unsatisfied. I just feel like more could have been said about the state of the times with slavery and even about the Airlines themselves. It was an interesting dystopian read though.
Бен Х. Уинтерс "Последний полицейский" / The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
Изд-во АСТ, 2015 г, 352 стр.
Отличный роман. К Земле летит огромный астероид, шансов избежать столкновения нет, в мире и умах разброд и шатания, но некоторые все же делают свою работу - в частности, глав.герой, расследующий убийство, когда, казалось бы, это уже никому не нужно.
Интересное сочетание детектива, пост/предапокалиптики и НФ.