Peter F Hamilton “A Night without Stars” (Del Rey, 2016)
I have to say that I would have read this differently 6 months ago.
The world of Bienvenido is governed by an authoritarian government. They are fundamentally conservative with a small “c”. They actively restrict change. Hamilton focuses on technology, but there would obviously be social indicators as well.
There’s a persecuted minority group, “Eliters”, who of course we as readers know would do a much better job of solving the very real problems confronting them.
Hamilton puts a layer of communist semiotics on top of his authoritarian, just in case anyone doubted his free market credentials.
So here we are in a time of rising fascism, and I’m trying to read this book where one of the major characters is in fact a member of the authoritarian police force. We are shown torture and disregard even for the people who cooperate with the police.
So, yeah, it wasn’t a fun read for me.
It should have been a big fun time reading space opera with aliens and clones and androids. With crazy advanced technologies.
Instead it was too much a vision of the repression of today and tomorrow.