Termination Shock

eBook, 633 pages

English language

Published Nov. 23, 2021 by HarperCollins Publishers Limited.

ISBN:
978-0-00-840436-9
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4 stars (5 reviews)

Visionary near- future techno thriller about climate change.

6 editions

Classic Stephenson

4 stars

Content warning Mild spoilers about some topics covered by the book

Beroketa globalaren aurka geoingeniaritza?

5 stars

Oso arriskutsua iruditzen zaidan gai baten inguruko eleberria da Termination shock: geoingeniaritza. Etorkizun nahiko hurbilean kokatua. Beroketa globalak okerrera egin du eta AEBetako aberats bat estratosferan sufre dioxidoa botatzen hasi nahian dabil. Hurrengo hilabeteetan tentsio geopolitikoak, jukutriak... izango dira nagusi.

Pertsonaia batzuk besteak baino gehiago gustatu zaizkit, eta zatiren bat luze xamarra egin zait, baina orokorrean 700 orri pasatxoko liburukotea interesgarria iruditu zait. Gauza batzuetan asmatuko duela uste dut, adibidez, spoiler handirik egiteko asmorik gabe, eskuin muturrak klima aldaketa ukatzetik geoingeniaritza babesterako jauzia emango duela.

Review of 'Termination Shock' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I wanted to like this more, because I was an early Stephenson fan from Zodiac days, and I still consider Diamond Age and Cryptonomicon to be masterful storytelling. But this? Almost insultingly silly character development, implausible relationships, and a strangely attenuated focus, given the backdrop of the most complex and unrelentingly global problem of our age. If Kim Stanley Robinson's approach to anthropocentric climate change tries to take too sweeping a view (at the expense of character development and human cultural complexity), here Stephenson suffers the opposite failing: too narrow a focus on the relationships around a particular technology, which reveals his increasingly stark limitations as a character-based storyteller. The one character he does manage to make compelling? Well, no spoilers, but I was shocked at the lazy (and infuriatingly bad) conclusion of that particular arc.

Great, but that was to be expected

4 stars

Ever since Snow Crash, Stephenson has had me hooked. So, I can say only good things about this book. Great story, great characters, etc., etc.

I do feel that in a few years, we might (very strong might) find ourselves speaking about this book the same way we speak about the aforementioned work: as some sort of prophetic vision of the future and how we will come to deal with climate change.

I also have to say that the author sneaks in some current affairs. There are things mentioned that may require future readers to check Wikipedia, and there are a few nuanced opinions too.

I took off one star because I feel like the story wasn't quite ready to end and it all rapped up nest and tidy in the swiftest way possible.

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4 stars

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  • American literature