The Freeze-Frame Revolution
By Peter Watts
I received a free copy of The Freeze-Frame Revolution from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
2019 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalist
“This—THIS—is the cutting edge of science fiction.” —Richard K. Morgan, author of Altered Carbon
How do you stage a mutiny when you’re only awake one day in a million? How do you conspire when your tiny handful of potential allies changes with each job shift? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears, and relentlessly, honestly, only wants what’s best for you? Trapped aboard the starship Eriophora, Sunday Ahzmundin is about to discover the components of any successful revolution: conspiracy, code—and unavoidable casualties.
Note from the publisher: The red letters in the print edition (and highlighted letters in the e-book) indicate special bonus content from the author.
Summary from Goodreads.
Imagine waking up once every thousand or so year to do a days work, only to go back to a dreamless sleep until your next shift. The Freeze-Frame Revolution is set in the near-distant future where humans settlement is expanding beyond our solar system. For humans to be able to expand beyond our closest neighbours, some genius manages to make a wormhole device so that our spacecraft can travel vast distances quickly. But how are these wormholes stabilised at both ends?
The Freeze-Frame Revolution shows the workers on the spacecraft Eriophora as they are woken up occasionally to assist CHIMP, the ships AI, in the creation of these wormhole stabilisers. While plenty more than this occurs, the meat of the story is around the very limited time that the workers are awake over the eons that this ship has been operational.
While I throughly enjoyed around 80% of this book, the final act was a complete and utter letdown for me. Watts did a fantastic job setting up the world, or in this case ship, and the characters only for a very lacklustre finale to occur. While what occurred has defiantly hinted at, so it was not surprising what happened, I just felt very disappointed in how it played out.
If you enjoy more hard-core science fiction, then The Freeze-Frame Revolution would be right up your alley.
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