Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson

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Heroism is set side by side with deep pain, and there are no easy answers. This is a deeply thoughtful, deliberately discomfiting book that will linger long and uneasily in the reader’s mind.
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From Robert Charles Wilson, the author of the Hugo-winning Spin, comes Burning Paradise, a new tale of humans coming to grips with a universe of implacable strangeness.
Cassie Klyne, nineteen years old, lives in the United States in the year 2015—but it's not our United States, and it's not our 2015.

Cassie's world has been at peace since the Great Armistice of 1918. There was no World War II, no Great Depression. Poverty is declining, prosperity is increasing everywhere; social instability is rare. But Cassie knows the world isn't what it seems. Her parents were part of a group who gradually discovered the awful truth: that for decades—back to the dawn of radio communications—human progress has been interfered with, made more peaceful and benign, by an extraterrestrial entity. That by interfering with our communications, this entity has tweaked history in massive and subtle ways. That humanity is, for purposes unknown, being farmed.

Cassie's parents were killed for this knowledge, along with most of the other members of their group. Since then, the survivors have scattered and gone into hiding. Cassie and her younger brother Thomas now live with her aunt Nerissa, who shares these dangerous secrets. Others live nearby. For eight years they have attempted to lead unexceptional lives in order to escape detection. The tactic has worked.

Until now. Because the killers are back. And they're not human.

 

About Robert Charles Wilson

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Born in California, ROBERT CHARLES WILSON grew up in Canada. He is the author of many acclaimed SF novels including Darwinia, Blind Lake, Julian Comstock, and the Hugo Award-winning Spin.
 
Published November 5, 2013 by Tor Books. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 01 2013

...later revelations tend to undermine all this excellent work, leaving a final third that doesn’t convincingly add up. Regulars know where Wilson is coming from and probably won’t mind, but it’s impossible to avoid just a tinge of disappointment.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Sep 16 2013

Heroism is set side by side with deep pain, and there are no easy answers. This is a deeply thoughtful, deliberately discomfiting book that will linger long and uneasily in the reader’s mind.

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Excellent
Reviewed by David Marshall on Dec 21 2013

Burning Paradise is the best science fiction book I’ve read this year. It’s not afraid to deal with difficult questions of what life is, how we should react if we realise as a species that we’re in a relationship with other organisms, and, if we decide to do anything about it, what price we would be prepared to pay.

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