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Sci Fi YA Review: Empress of The Sun by Ian McDonald

Empress of The Sun by Ian McDonald (Everness #3)

Egalley courtesy of Jo Fletcher Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
World-hopping, high-action adventure starring a smart boy with computer skills and a tough girl who pilots a blimp

The airship Everness makes a Heisenberg Jump to an alternate Earth unlike any her crew has ever seen. Everett, Sen, and the crew find themselves above a plain that goes on forever in every direction without any horizon. There they find an Alderson Disc, an astronomical megastructure of incredibly strong material reaching from the orbit of Mercury to the orbit of Jupiter.

Then they meet the Jiju, the dominant species on a plane where the dinosaurs didn't die out. They evolved, diversified, and have a twenty-five million year technology head-start on humanity. War between their kingdoms is inevitable, total and terrible.
Everness has jumped right into the midst of a faction fight between rival nations, the Fabreen and Dityu empires. The airship is attacked, but then defended by the forces of the Fabreen, who offers theEverness crew protection. But what is the true motive behind Empress Aswiu's aid? What is her price?

The crew of the Everness is divided in a very alien world, a world fast approaching the point of apocalypse.

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 After a so-so second book in this series I was afraid I wouldn't enjoy Empress of Sun, folks. I shouldn't have doubted Ian's writing after a magnificent Planesrunner.

This was awesome and complex and long and intense. Poor Everett can not catch a break jumping from one planet to another in an attempt to find his dad while Everett M continues to impersonate him on Earth 10.

I love how both boys despite their likeness were very different characters. I would go as far as to say that I enjoyed reading about Everett M more. He just felt more human despite his cyborg nature, while Everett whose progress we've followed for the last two books is getting closer and closer to Charlotte Villiers's nature because of the tough decisions he had to make over and over again.

Empress of The Sun is a most curious book. Half of it is dedicated to Everett and Everness's team struggles to repair the airship and get away from Alderson Disk where an ancient civilisation of Jiju rules it all. A civilisation where dinosaurs didn't die 65 million years ago but instead evolved. Kax was a particularly interesting and alien character.

On the other hand, Everett M strives for normality back at Earth 10 while falling for a fellow school girl and hunting Nahn which he had to bring back with him from Earth 1.

We also get deeper into Villiers' intrigues and finally find out her motivations behind the chase for Everett. I have to say the woman has class and you kind of end up liking her a little.

Empress of The Sun is an especially good read for any fan of Dr. Who. I had a couple of flashbacks to my favorite episodes in the end, and I'm sure you will too. Overall, excellent innovative sci-fi series which I'd recommend to any fan of the genre.

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Очень неплохая вышла третья книга серии, дамы и господа, что особо меня удивило после скучноватой второй книги.

 Императрица Солнца поделена на два части, так как мы не только следим за приключениями Эверетта Сингха в параллельных вселенных, но и переживаем за его двойника-киборга Эверетта М, выдающего себя за первого мальчика на Земле Десять.

Я признаюсь, что мне больше нравится Эверетт М, чем Эверетт Сингх, которого мы успели узнать за предыдущие две книги. Несмотря на свою сущность киборга, он гораздо более человечен, чем мальчик, которого события постоянно вынуждают принимать жестокие и холодные решения, что приближают его к сущности Шарлотты Вилльерс.

О самой мадам мы, кстати, узнаём гораздо больше, и я должна признаться, что она остаётся злодейкой со вкусом и шиком наподобие Мастера из Доктора Who.

Итак, пока первый Эверетт пытается вызволить воздушный корабль Эвернесс из Диска Альдерсона - где правит Жижу, цивилизация динозавров, которые не вымерли 65 миллионов лет назад, а эволюционировали, его двойник, Эверетт М, влюбляется в шкодную девчонку из своей школы, а по ночам гоняется за Наном, кусочек которого он был вынужден привезти с Земли Один в прошлой книге.

Книга интенсивная, длинная, запутанная, однако я особо её рекомендую фанатам Доктора Who. Концовка напомнит вам о лучших его эпизодах! Очень оригинально и интересно!
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