by Kim Stanley Robinson

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2312 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
Griffin369 More than 1 year ago
While the story is decent, as I am a sucker for people's future visions, the vocabulary is beyond my comprehension. It seems to be a futuristic story written by a scientist for scientists. I am not an idiot, but the author quotes so many physics rules and what not that I feel it has lessened my enjoyment of the book. He does have some interesting ideas of what the future might hold, but it's still not an easy read. I normally go through a 400+ page book in about a week reading on lunch hours or breaks. However, I'm in week 3 or 4 on this one due to it being such a hard read. I re-read parts to at least get the gist of things. While an interesting book, unless you have a monster scientific vocabulary and understanding of the principles of physics, I'd pass on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
References to art, literature, music, science, & philosophy abound and stretched my existing knowledge. It was wonderful to have the Nook to look up unknown references easily. I enjoyed the descriptions of physical places, the characters, the development of an historical context for the plot. Overall, a deep read, one that lingers.
Leda_and_the_Swan More than 1 year ago
I've been reading sci-fi since Dune and before, and while I wanted this book to be good as it seems to be moving the genre forward towards what is more likely in today's privatized space program, I couldn't really get into it. The sci-fi elements are actually quite good, opening up the field to speculate exactly what terraforming other planets "might" be like, but the characters are 2 dimensional and the storyline goes nowhere fast. If you love sci-fi for it's elements of future speculation, you'll like this book. But if you want a good story with vividly drawn characters and a strong plot, this isn't it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read the book overview, I thought the book would be good, but it was a disappointment. The book was extremely slow paced and repetitive. I didn't like the characters either. None of them seemed very interesting. The story line is also broken up by chapters that consist of lists, or disjointed thoughts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I've come to expect from this author, a well-written, thought-provoking novel of a more or less optimistic and even realistic human future. It helped that I've read (more than once) his Mars trilogy; this book is clearly set slighting in the future of that universe. Regarding the lists and excerts that trouble so many readers, I found them to add an enormous amount of background material to the story without interupting the tale with a lot of lengthy exposition. I can see where lazy reader might be troubled by this material. If you're considering this book, don't be troubled with this stuff. You could merely browse it or skip it entirely, and enjoy the story. I recommend wading through it. Just read the lists, etc. and move on. It folds into the story quite naturally as you read on.
Soonerborn76 More than 1 year ago
The story moves very slowly and the characters are just dull. I forced myself to read it day after day hoping the story would develop. It never did. I was very disappointed. The book is a waste of money, sadly.
BWEX More than 1 year ago
This was one of the poorest written fantasy books I ever had the misfortune to purchase. I waited half the book for something to happen--still waiting. Characters are shallow, plot is non-existent. Spend your money on a different author.
thomasn528 More than 1 year ago
A worthy successor to the Mars Trilogy, written in the same distanced, wondering, guardedly hopeful voice. Some patience helps; some of the experimental-looking prose turns out to have more of a point than I first thought.
MerCheval More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be disjointed, laborious reading with many seemingly side stories that didn't appear to support the main thesis of the story. That, besides the author's use of words (some appear to have been made up which is, of course, allowed) that needed the Internet to determine what they were. Characters came in and out of the story with seemingly no relationship to one another. And in the end when things should have been tied up they just fizzled out. All in all it took several months to read this thing because boredom set in quickly. BOTTOM LINE: Don't waste your money on this one.
stimpy More than 1 year ago
I think it was a really tremendously original and interesting book---very poetic. The chapters with the "lists" of the character's thoughts were relevant to the story---they were just approached differently than the traditional way of showing what someone is thinking. At first I got nervous, but I found it to be done well. In this book, one just has to let oneself flow with the story, enjoy the descriptions, and not worry if every word is understandable or not. It's the mood that is important. The story unfolds in its own time. Obviously, this style is not for everyone but this guy can write. Also, I don't think it is an accident that the characters seem slightly odd, and maybe difficult to relate to, since it is about the future. (!!) These people are relating to their own (fictional) present, which is so totally different than our culture and sensitivities etc.. In our own real future, people might be less recognizable than these characters are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a lover of great science fiction, and the sci fi components of this book are amazing--especially the passages which contain instructions on terra-forming asteroids...as simple as and reminiscent of baking a cake, almost. The world building is fairly outstanding, too...which is what kept me going for about two hundred pages. But it was not enough to keep going for the full four hundred something pages. At that point, I skipped to the end and thought, "Huh. So that's what all this was about." This book is almost Joyceian in its allusions to arcane literary and philosophical works, and that's, unfortunately, what makes it ultimately unreadable for even the most devoted fan of the genre. Is it a masterwork? Probably, in the same way that Ulysses is a masterwork---able to be discussed endlessly, but ultimately unable to be understood and enjoyed by anyone other than its author. In scope, 2312 is almost Randian, but just like Rand, this author presents two dimensional characters that are incidental to the greater philosophical or maybe even political grand theme being pushed by the author. Not being a Rand fan, this just doesn't work for me. And if you like stories about PEOPLE, it won't work for you either. I RARELY ever recommend against a book, but in this case, I must. If you want something epic, you are much better off re-reading the iconoclastic Stranger in a Strange Land than this impenetrable work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the reviews here and was skeptical, but then checked a few other review sites and this kept showing up on people's best of 2012 lists, so I went for it. Seems more like an outline than a finished book at times. Bounces all over the place. Main character is utterly unlikable and unbelievably juvenile (especially considering she is supposed to be 150 or so years old , IIRC). There were some interesting ideas, but nothing ever seems to come together or tell a coherent story. Also, as previously mentioned, the chapters of lists and "extracts" serve no purpose and are annoying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasreally looking forward to a good sci-fi read withthis book, and it started off well, but as the story progressed it quickly lost my interest. The characters are two dimensional, and the author started to sound really preachy, similar to Ayn Rand. I really like her vision of the future, but it was interruptrd with poor story telling. Also the chapters were broken up with random lists and thoughts that I believe were supposed to envelop me into her universe, but instead just bored and distracted
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to force myself to finish, and I've read some pretty slow books in the past. The main character is unlikeable and uninteresting, and doesn't improve as the book goes on. The main mystery storyline is handled very poorly, and after a long build-up with lots of explanation, closed out seemingly arbitrarily. Spend your time elsewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characterd in this book were flat and uninteresting. Some of the concepts of space travel were interesting but ultimately not central to the story. The book had jot rhythm to speak of. I quit this one 15 pages from the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not finished this book but so far I've found it boring. The characters really aren't. That interesting or likeable and frankly I think the book started out wrong. All of a sudden your just there. No background no explanation,no history or character introduction. But the science seems okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading science fiction forever; I love it; I seek it out. Unfortunately, I did not fall in love with Kim Stanley’s book. I purchased the book because I thought the science was imaginative and thought provoking but after a few chapters I found it way too complicated and technical. Yes the science was difficult but the text at the beginning of the chapters was utterly confusing. I spent ridiculous amounts of time trying to understand how those lists or diary pages applied to the upcoming chapter or the story. I can usually fall in love with at least one character in a book, either because they are quirky, mysterious or have a great sense of humor, but not this time. I thought the characters lacked depth as well as personality. The book was a complicated read but I did finish and this review is only my humble opinion. I do feel that if you are looking for an easy read, this is not it. If you absolutely love physics and science by all means have at it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books that I have ever read. Rather than a story with beloved characters, this is more similar to a collection of random essays about the future. Some visions of the future are very interesting, but very little details are given to explore such visions. This is legitimately one of the worst books that I ever read. Don't waste money on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was too much missing to understand a lot of the content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its just a hard read with a story that dosn't make sense, I picked it up a few times to try to finish it and I just couldn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Halfway through it. In between the highly unlikeable heroine and the sheer un-engagement of the story i cant continue reading. There is no plot, no story... nothing. A complete waste of time
tachyon450 More than 1 year ago
In 2312, in order to be sure you are politically correct, everyone has 2 sexes. When describing a scene in the book, spend a ridiculous amount of time describing meaningless details while glossing over significant action. My guess is a dysfunctional future requires a dysfunctional novel to describe it.
NSALegal More than 1 year ago
Mr. Robinson presents a well-described future, but undermines the framework with an insufferable, immature basketcase of a lead character, shrill and shallow political philosophies, and a poor sense of how to develop the central mysteries of the story. The only suspense is how bad the judgment of the main characters will be at critical moments, before they shamble to the resolutions of the storylines. Inspector Gennette's integrity lasts the longest, but even that is eventually tarnished. Of the critical moments of the story, only the prevention of an attack in the last act is handled well. Leading up to that is a long list of blown opportunities, skimmed-over moments, enemies or opposition movements you never get to know much about, and 'oh no it's Swan Er Hong and her problems again'. Only a few clues are spread among the travels of the main characters throughout the solar system, and the encyclopedic digressions set a background but bog down the flow further. The two main mysteries, set up early but left outside the scope of the reader for most of the book, are recklessly resolved, with a very poor eye for unintended consequences, as well as a troubling disregard for the rule of law. For the unnamed masses saddled with those consequences, our heroes assume the rest will just have to deal with it. The author has an interesting command of language, as well as small-moment dynamics between characters and inventive technologies, which is the reason this is a two star book rather than one. You might like the character development, and in that case read through to the epilogue. Otherwise disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a big fan could not even finish. To contrived for its own good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like sci fi, but this was bad. Very slow, I had to force myself to finish the book. If I could get a refund on eBooks, this is one I'd return at an instant.