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Horizons, by Mary Rosenblum Book Review | SFReader.com
Horizons, by Mary Rosenblum Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Published: 2007 Review Posted: 7/6/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Horizons, by Mary Rosenblum
Book Review by SJ Higbee
Have you read this book?
Suffering from a lack of sparkling, solidly good science fiction? Enjoy
Lois McMaster Bujold, Elizabeth Moon and C.J. Cherryh at their very
best? Fear not, I've found you another candidate.
Ahni Huang is hunting for her brother's killer. As a Class 9 Empath
with advanced biogenetic augmentations, she has complete mental and
physical control of her body and can read other people's intentions
before they can even think them. Faced with deceptions behind
deceptions, Ahni is caught in a dangerous game of family politics and in
the middle of it all lies the fate of her brother.
Her search leads to the Platforms, which orbit high above Earth. On the
Platform New York Up, 'upsider' life is different. They have their own
culture, values and ambitions and now they want their independence from
Earth. One upsider leader, Dane Nilsson, is determined to accomplish
NYUp's secession, but he has a secret, one that, once exposed, could
condemn him to death.
When Ahni stumbles upon Dane during her quest for vengeance, her destiny
becomes inextricably linked to his. Together they must delve beyond
the intrigue and manipulative schemes to get to the core of truth, a
truth that will shape the future of the Platforms and shatter any
preconceived notions of what defines the human race.
This is absolutely my favorite kind of science fiction. Rosenblum's
characters, particularly her apparently invincible and wealthy
protagonist, Ahni, lead the action. All the main characters are
pleasingly complex and whisk you into an interesting and intricate plot back lit by a beautifully developed world littered with enjoyable
However, what lifts this excellent read from the common herd are the
issues that Rosenblum addresses in her story. All the best science
fiction, in my opinion, gives us some believable insights into some of
the dilemmas that future technology will pose for our descendants.
Rosenblum shines a light on some of the problems that are starting to
loom uncomfortably close such as genetic manipulation; cloning; what
defines humanity and the fault lines along which humankind will divide.
While there is nothing particularly original about these subjects, in
the light of the scientific advances the likes of Michio Kaku is
predicting in his book and TV series, Visions, the more discussion and
thought we give to these matters, the better.
All in all, Horizons is definitely one of my favorite science fiction
reads in the past two years and I'm hunting around for more of
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