Is an entire moon disappearing enough of a opening hook for ya? It got me reeled in and I stayed hooked to the extent that I couldn’t put the book down. It built inexorably and with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. Unusual for science fiction, the protagonists were also real people, characters you could care about.
I don’t want to give the ending away but let’s say Greg Bear doesn’t pull any punches. It was good to see the humans getting their asses kicked and booted out of their homes for a change. He also brought out the way that a crisis causes mass denial or cognitive shutdown. For a book written 25 years ago, it resonates even more today. Except now we don’t need malevolent aliens to threaten our planet: the enemy is within.
And we’re just as powerless against them. On so many levels read this book.