Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Sunrise Lands, by S.M. Stirling

The Sunrise Lands, by S.M. Stirling

This novel starts a new trilogy, following the children of the leads in Dies the Fire. In the near-future all electricity and combustion has been rendered impossible forcing a devolution to near feudal times. The center of the event that caused this drastic physical change is located in Nantucket, and the younger heroes embark on a journey there starting from Oregon. The plot is a well-worn quest across a savage country, being pursued by minions of an over-arching evil. For an action-filled ~500 pages, the travel is quite slow; the team only gets as far as Idaho in this volume. I didn’t enjoy this as much as the earlier series of books, but getting to see more of the post-Armageddon world keeps me interested.

First Sentence:
Ingolf Vogeler slapped his horse affectionately on the neck; he felt a little better now that the rain had stopped, even though it was the tag end of a chilly October day with a ragged sky the color of damp raw wool rolling in from the west.

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