Edge of Dark

Edge of Dark

eBook - 2015
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What if a society banished its worst nightmare to the far edge of the solar system, destined to sip only dregs of light and struggle for the barest living. And yet, that life thrived? It grew and learned and became far more than you ever expected, and it wanted to return to the sun. What if it didn't share your moral compass in any way? The Glittering Edge duology describes the clash of forces when an advanced society that has filled a solar system with flesh and blood life meets the near-AI's that it banished long ago. This is a story of love for the wild and natural life on a colony planet, complex adventure set in powerful space stations, and the desire to live completely whether you are made of flesh and bone or silicon and carbon fiber. In Edge of Dark, meet ranger Charlie Windar and his adopted wild predator, and explore their home on a planet that has been raped and restored more than once. Meet Nona Hall, child of power and privilege from the greatest station in the system, the Diamond Deep. Meet Nona's best friend, a young woman named Chrystal who awakens in a robotic body...
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781633880511
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Nov 16, 2017

Generally speaking it's a bad thing when you are describing a book to someone, talking about the overall story, writing style and what you like and dislike about the book - and they immediately name the author despite never reading this particular book of theirs.

I really wanted to like this book, post/trans human writing is one of my favorite topics and I have never run across a story that I didn't like - until now. I suppose this might be an okay YA primer on the topic but it had too many flaws for me to give it a pass, largely to do with the characters.

May 05, 2016

I've only read 40 pages, but I'm really enjoying this so far. I was a little scared and disturbed by the low average rating on GR and was worried I was going to be disappointed, but all of 40 pages in this is great. None of what is described in the summary has happened yet, the 'worst nightmare banished to the far edge of the solar system' hasn't made an appearance yet. I'm looking forward to when they do.

Finished. I've just started to watch an episode of Battlestar Galactica while I write my review (I like to multitask computer use with tv watching, otherwise I feel like I'm not being productive enough) and watching the opening sequence made me realise how similar Edge of Dark is to Battlestar Galactica. The opening sequence of the show tells us

The Cylons were created by man...
They rebelled...
They evolved...
There are many copies...
And they have a plan

Very similar backstory to The Next. The Next were created by man, they were banished (I assume, it's not completely explained, for the same reasons as on BG, that man began to fear its own creation), they evolved, they decided to fight back. There are also many copies of the same 'consciousness' I suppose you could call it, for e.g. Jhailing Jim. In both stories the humans originally came from Earth, but it was so long ago it feels more like an urban legend than real history. Some humans are working with the robots, some are actively working against them. Both sets of robots want peace with the humans, but the humans find it difficult to bend to the will of an artificial intelligence that they created and then attempted to destroy. Interesting coincidences.

In spite of all its problems (especially the editing problems) I really enjoyed this book, I think the plot was enough to cancel out any editing errors, which definitely continued on through the last hundred pages, which I read last night. This could almost have been a five if I had read the two previous books, which I hope make more of an effort to explain questions a reader might have. Like, where did the humans in this galaxy come from and how long ago? Or, a better explanation of The Deep and The Glittering Edge.

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