Century Rain

Century Rain

Book - 2006 | Ace mass market ed.
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"Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber. Somewhere on this alternate planet is a device capable of destroying both worlds at either end of the wormhole. And Verity must find the device, and the man who plans to activate it, before it is too late - for the past and the future of two worlds" -- Cover verso.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2006.
Edition: Ace mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780441013074
0441013074
Branch Call Number: FIC REYNOLD
Characteristics: 626 p. ; 18 cm.

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bibliophage91
Apr 16, 2011

Enjoyable, impressive in scope, but not mind-blowing. This is a big book in very many senses. The scope in the future-world is huge, stretching across centuries of human -human conflict. In contrast, the city life in alternate 1959 Paris is minutely detailed with smells, sounds, textures, and sights.

The characterization is relatively strong, and tension is carried along successfully first by the gumshoe detection mystery, and then shifting to Auger’s race to prevent calamity.
Given the doubled nature of the worlds, the story takes a little time to find its momentum.

When Floyd and Auger join forces the momentum becomes unstoppable. At that point, though, I was a little disappointed that Floyd and Custine edged away from center stage, but it was still fun.

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