“And she wondered, staring into the mirror at the woman she had become: How would her life had changed–how would the world’s life had changed–had she let Wayne fuck her brains out on the boat on the lake that day?”
“Firestar” by Michael Flynn
Reading a book that takes place in “the near future” is always interesting, especially when that book was written more than a decade ago and the “near future” happened five years ago. Firestar is, essentially, the story of a woman’s dream, and that woman’s mission to turn that dream into reality. Mariesa van Huyten dreams of going back into space, especially since she fears that, one day, humanity will have no choice but to reach for the stars or utterly perish. Luckily for the citizens of Earth, Mariesa is one of the richest people in North America, and she has the resources to set into motion the gears to get us back into place. The resulting epic involves the interweaving of her life with her Prometheus project to get man back into space again, as well as all the little subsidiary projects she has going on in the hopes to control a better future for the world.
As a big epic book about how everything falls into place in Mariesa’s grand plans, Firestar is pretty good. There are plenty of engaging characters that really spark the reader’s interest, and the events only sometimes seem a little bit of a stretch. I love seeing which parts of our lives in 2007 were right on target, and which ones Flynn predicted a little off…it’s gutsy writing something that could potentially be refuted and be completely wrong in your own lifetime. The story was well-told, too; I definitely became invested in hoping the program succeeded, though it was not without a few gaping faults that kept me from enjoying it as well as I could. I found myself especially irritated by the special attention given to the character of Styx, who just came off as some sort of Goth magic girl stereotype, when so many of the other teenage characters influenced by Mareisa’s academic program were just as interesting, and I found that it ended on a unsatisfactory note with some unresolved events. I felt a lot of attention was given to a particular twist, only to have it all but dropped with a single line or two of resolution, and I wanted a little more.
Either way, though, Firestar was really engaging and a surprisingly quick read for a 700+ page book (which makes it one for the Tea and Books Challenge…4 out of 7 down!), and it was just a neat look at at least one author’s view of the past ten years or so.
Books read: 24/100.
On an unrelated note (kind of!), I finally got my replacement Kindle. Needless to say, productivity today has been completely nil. Hell yeah.