by Neal Stephenson

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ISBN-13: 9780062190413
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 880
Sales rank: 16,878
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of the novels Reamde, Anathem, The System of the World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac, and the groundbreaking nonfiction work In the Beginning . . . Was the Command Line. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 31, 1959

Place of Birth:

Fort Meade, Maryland


B.A., Boston University, 1981

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Seveneves 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Readers beware: this book is about 75% science and 25% plot... I'm far from a "science" person, so I can't speak to how accurate all of the (very, very detailed) science exposition is, but I still found it completely fascinating. Clearly this book was researched to an excruciating level of detail, so Stephenson is to be commended for sure. At it's core, though, this is a novel about human nature: the good, the bad, the really really ugly, the desire for power at the expense of common sense, our pressing need to survive against almost impossible odds. Stephenson does a remarkable job of exploring what it means to be human in a way that will force any thoughtful reader through a rollercoaster of emotions from anger and frustration, to sorrow and sheer joy. I'd read it again in a heartbeat (and most likely will).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't even finished yet, I'm only about half way through. But it's even better than I'd hoped. I bought it purely based on the fact that I've never been disappointed with Neal Stephenson in the past, and that I was looking for a new book this week. But by the end of the first sentence, I was hooked. "The moon exploded, without warning and for no apparent reason." The rest of the book deals with the aftermath of that first sentence. And despite the 700+ page length, I have a feeling that I'm going to be disappointed when it ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two or more unfinished books being sold as a complete work. The prose is sufficiently dense that with dedication, one can intuit much of the missing content.
VJSinNJ More than 1 year ago
Long book, which I generally like. Gets bogged down a few times in technical details but if you like those details, then it will be great for you. Story moves along, characters interesting. I would have liked to have seen a bit less in the technical department and a little more of the interaction of all three human segments (land, sea, space) at the end. But all in all, quite an enjoyable read and I would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting read. Well plotted and thought invoking. I feel that it came to an abrupt conclusion when there was so much more that could have been incorporated of the Pingers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seveneves is a novel of the end of the world as we know it. You get more technical details about space physics, orbital mechanics, and heterozygosity than in your typical syfy novel. I would have enjoyed it more with a little more character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If extremely detailed scientific and technological reading with a dash of plot is your thing, you'll love this book. For me, it needed a heavier edit. I felt the descriptions of the engineering and psychological motivations were way too long and tied up the flow. I want a story, not a technical manual. I appreciate the skill and the research and that's the reason for the three stars, just not my cup of tea. Needed to push myself to finish rather than the can't put down book I'm looking forward to reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long winded, boring, disjointed. Once I reach the halfway mark, I could not maintain interest in any characters or plot. Not hard SF, not intriguing plot, an over detailed narative without action or dialogue. A lot of words without a story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading NS novels because the quality of the writing gives me an enjoyable reading experience.  I enjoyed this book, although it did not meet my NS expectations, through the first 2/3 of the story.  The last third i found wanting, although now i realize that it was probably a drawn-out prologue of "further work" as he describes it in the afterword.  He can still write to keep my attention, but he seemed to have a different purpose during the last part of the book, and by keeping the purpose hidden, he also kept it from being interesting to me.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked it until it fast forwarded 5000 years. Just below average after that. Was tempted to give it 3 or 3.5 stars but the last third or so Is not good.
DTBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A very weak third act tarnishes what could have been a great sci-fi story. Still, if you are a fan of Stephenson or hard sci-fi, it's well worth the read, though be warned, the ending will leave you underwhelmed. A beautifuly bleak tale about humanities final days and a desperate struggle to survive, Seveneves will leave your emotions bouncing around as it's protagonists struggle with the joy of personal triumph and ingenuity and the sheer existential dread of what is to come .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent novel, nice combination of hard sci-fi and the people that make it happen. Little disappointed by the jump in the middle though, it seems a bit of a cheat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking, intense, and well written characters - I very much enjoyed this book!
FrEdgar More than 1 year ago
A great premise with poor execution. Stephenson can create fascinating realities, but he wastes all the possibilities inherent in this situation,
APratt0414 More than 1 year ago
This is a DNF (did not finish) for me. I got to 40% of the book and it hadn't hooked me yet. It was such a heavy, technical read. There are so many characters and so much happening that it was hard to connect to anyone. I had been wanting to read this for a long time so I was disappointed. I may wind up picking this back up and trying to finish it at another time. I love sci-fi books and I am a huge chemistry and math fan. However, this was way too in depth with technical verbiage and descriptions I couldn't follow. There were acronyms used that I had no idea what they were and they never said what they were. I did like the premise of the story: the moon explodes and humans need to survive in outer space because the planet is going to die. This book is almost 900 pages long and by 40%, if a book hasn't gotten my interests piqued, then I'm done. I think maybe if this was written in different sections from different perspectives instead of from 3rd person, it might have been easier to read. I usually don't like the switching back and forth of perspectives but there is so much going on that I think it would make a big difference. I feel like it would be a better way to connect to the characters. Also, reducing the detail about all the technical stuff happening. I couldn't figure out if it was important or not to know all of it because I didn't finish it, but it didn't seem to be that important to the story. I also paid $13 for an e-book and I'm not happy that I didn't finish it. I won't return it because that's not me. I'll just keep it on my "DNF" shelf and maybe pick it back up later.
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
While I've always enjoyed Stephenson's books, I was particularly anticipating the arrival of Seveneves after what I thought was the overwhelming success of Reamde. I found myself a bit disappointed, though specifying reasons, without sounding like an arrogant critic, is challenging. Seveneves is epic in scope, which somewhat limits the depth with which the main characters can be developed. The jump to the far future, at the 2/3 point of the novel, doesn't help, as we lose the characters we've been following and are introduced to an entirely new cast for the last third. The science seems well grounded, and is explained with Stephenson's usual thoroughness throughout. (Stop here to avoid a minor spoiler alert) The length to which various segments of humanity go to accentuate their origins, in the latter third of the novel, seems more calculated to allow the author to create differences, primarily to fuel conflict, rather than to speculate how the remnants of humanity might evolve in the proposed scenario. Given the choice of one end-of-the-world novel, I think I'd choose Lucifer's Hammer (by Niven and Pournelle). One cannot deny the ambition behind Seveneves, but I think the final effort may have fallen short of the author's best work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written and why fun to feel like the underlying science fiction was as real and solid as the three dimensional characters. That being said, be forewarned that this is the story of a truly epic and catastrophic world event. It stuck to my ribs. I fell asleep, dreamt, and woke with this story in mind. The one issue I did have with this story consisted with the third part of the book. Without too much of a spoiler read below. Otherwise read the novel and enjoy. . . . I was invested with each of the characters in the book and the end of the second part along with the big jump into the third part just about killed me. I had to literally take a break and read Scalzi's Red Shirts for something light! I also had some minor complaints about what I thought would be a primarily matriarchal society. It didn't feel like that to me. Minor complaints aside, solid (in both senses!) book, compelling, and memorable.
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TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
I'm glad the author decided to do one large book instead of a trilogy. There's nothing that irritates me more than getting into a good book and then having to wait months/years for the next part. And to be honest, if it had been a trilogy, I'd be just as disappointed with the third novel as I generally am with most trilogies. So it starts with the moon exploding and humans having two years to die (not a spoiler really since this is all told in the first couple chapters). It's post-apocalyptical writing at its finest. It's basically the movie 2012 in that the leaders decide to build an ark - but this one in the sky to avoid the "hard rain" that's going to wipe out the earth's habitability. The second part is the survival of the "arkies." This is a very interesting part, politically. It's less about the science of survival in as much as the politics of survival. And part three? Essentially a an epilogue gone on too long. It really would have been enough to let us know that things went well enough for the survival of the human race. Instead, it basically is a story about how nothing changes but the time. This is a hard science book. In fact, there are times where it's almost too much science because JUST as you're getting into the plot/storyline, the author diverts into a lengthy discussion about some detail that, while interesting, kills the flow. There were times that my eyes glazed over because I couldn't care less about a detail about a specific robot or ark habitat. But overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth your time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of dystopian sci fi, and i found this one amazing and heart breaking. It made me think long after i stopped reading at night.
roxygurl More than 1 year ago
as a fan of this kind of book genre, this definitely didn't disappoint. though majority of the story spanned mostly during the development, survival and settlement in space, it was still very entertaining, informative and eye opening to see how people had to learn to adapt and survive to a different kind of environment. i would have hoped for the book to go on more, especially during the last 3rd of the book where earth is gradually becoming habitable and new discoveries are being made. it's a grand book. great read and pages may overwhelm you but really, it was never a bore!
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