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I have just finished reading “Earth” by David Brin.

“Earth” by David Brin (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads:

“Time is running out. Decades from now, an artificial black hole has fallen into the earth’s core. As scientists frantically work to prevent the ultimate disaster, they discover the entire planet could be destroyed within a year. But while they look for an answer, others argue that the only way to save the Earth is to let its human inhabitants become extinct: to reset the evolutionary clock and start over.”

This book was an impulsive buy in Waterstones a few months ago, and it took me a fair while to read it, as I kept getting bored and reading other books. This month, I was determined to finish it once and for all, and after a few sessions, I finally finished the 624 page monster.

The idea of a black hole falling into the centre of the Earth sounded a little bit ridiculous, but I was intrigued by the possible annihilation of human life and how people could deal with this.

It is good in the respect that it presents a future Earth where the planet is struggling to feed and shelter its species, mainly due to the impact of human activity. It’s horrible to see that the state of affairs means that many species of animals are dying out as their habitats are destroyed by the changes in the atmosphere and the weather. The humans are given water rations and are forced to leave their home countries due to climate change. Technology has become a way of life, with people able to find out anything at the touch of a button and privacy becoming less common.

There are lots of excellent ideas in this novel, but the characters sort of ruin it because there are too many of them which we follow the progress of. It does add to the novel by giving a more rounded impression of how different humans are affected but there is just a bit too much noise from these characters.

I didn’t find it to be as exciting as it could have been, at least not until the last few chapters where things suddenly get more interesting!

It is a well-written novel, with interesting themes and a horrible vision of the future for the Earth, but it’s just a bit too long and laborious to read. It makes you think seriously about the issues which we are only just contemplating now, and which could potentially shorten the human species’ lifespan on Earth if we don’t do something while we can. I give it 7/10, and might even have given it more if it hadn’t been so long.

“Within every human, a cacophony of voices rages. despite all the new techniques of cerebrochemical balancing and sanity seeding, those inner selves will persist in thinking unfair thoughts from time to time, and make us utter things we later regret. It may not be nice, but it’s human.”

- Earth, David Brin

“The jagged, saw-edge teeth of the Lunar craters stood up sharply against the light of the sun but what Olga had screamed at was the globe of the Earth, swimming there huge and green in the light from that sun embedded in the black curtain of space.

But now its greenness was tarnished. Ugly fiery streaks coursed around the globe. Dense clouds drifted around the disc, giving the whole sphere a ghastly glowing penumbra. The red cracks grew as they watched and so fiery were they that even the thick masses of cloud did not obscure their fierceness.”

- When The Earth Died, by Karl Mannheim