A monumental publishing event: a brand new prequel to Chung Kuo, a masterwork of future history standing alongside Herbert's Dune and Asimov's Foundation. The year is 2085, two decades after the great economic collapse that destroyed Western civilization. With its power broken and its cities ruined, life in the West continues in scattered communities. In rural Dorset Jake Reed lives with his 14-year-old son and memories of the great collapse. Back in '43, Jake was a rich, young futures broker, immersed in the datascape of the world's financial markets. He saw what was coming—and who was behind it. Forewarned, he was one of the few to escape the fall. For 22 years he has lived in fear of the future, and finally it is coming—quite literally—across the plain towards him. Chinese airships are in the skies and a strange, glacial structure has begun to dominate the horizon. Jake finds himself forcibly incorporated into the ever-expanding "World of Levels," a global city of some 34 billion souls, where social status is reflected by how far above the ground you live. Here, under the rule of the mighty Tsao Ch'un, a resurgent China is seeking to abolish the past and bring about world peace through rigidly enforced order. But a civil war looms, and Jake will find himself at the heart of the struggle for the future.
|Series:||Chung Kuo Series , #1|
|Edition description:||New series order|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
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Awesome sci-fi. Brillant and deep. Loved many of the characters and plots within plots! I read these many years ago and I'm very happy to be able to get them in my nook. I missed getting one book in the series and could'nt find that one anywhere, well now I have all of them .I'm very happy about this!
I enjoyed this novel. The author came up with an intriging means of destructon. Very believeable. Let's hope things get better and common sense overcomes greed, not just in the west, but worldwide. Greed and the love of power exists everywhere. Look at extremests everywhete. Do it my way, or you are evil! I disagree with the reviewer that felt the female characters were weak. I still break down in tears when I remember my life before my husband died after a long, life and soul tirog illness. He and I worked hard to make ourlives as happy as possible. After his death, I literally fell apart - and I live a comfortable life - not one like these characters face - no fear that my home wll be invaded because someone ia starving and deaperate, or just plain mean-crazy. Remember, the men cried too.
I have high hopes before I read this book after I review many positive feedback. But towards the end of it, I am very disappointed. First of all, the character development is too formula and too linear. The description of the Chinese characters are also too stereo type. Any Chinese who enjoys poem is the good guy and any Chinese who is not will be the evil type. This is way too linear and too shallow view of the Chinese. For the male characters, they are always the hero type, the righteous kind and the female characters are always the passive kind, cry too easily and always soft. Again, very linear and formula like. If the author eventually establishes a deeper world and a deeper characters, then this first book fails to draw the attention to it. I assume that if you have started reading the original books first and then read this one, I guess that it may be ok. But I haven't read any other books in the series other than this first one. So it is disappointing.