- Capa comum: 400 páginas
- Editora: Orbit (31 de janeiro de 2017)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0316389684
- ISBN-13: 978-0316389686
- Dimensões do produto: 14 x 2,5 x 21 cm
- Peso de envio: 72,6 g
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The story is basically a murder mystery, in which the murders must be solved...by the victims. The 6 awaken on a spaceship, devoid of years of memories, knowing that one of them killed the others. They're clones, restored from outdated backups. There's some amazing world-building here, in which society has solved the problem of aging and mortality in an interesting way. People take backups of their minds, and when they die, those backups are restored into new, healthy, young bodies cloned from their own DNA. They seem to think of it as 'immortality' though it's interesting to examine the idea...does a copy of a person, made from their own DNA and memories, really equate to that same person? Is a copy of you, really you? Of course there are religious and legal objections to the idea, and the on this ship are clones convicted of major crimes, offered a chance at redemption if they agree to crew this colony ship full of 'regular humans' in storage, as it heads to a new planet.
I have to say, there are a lot of surprises here. Mysteries always have those, of course, but this one has so many layers, so many 'oh MY!' moments, that I ended up smiling every time I thought, 'Didn't see THAT one coming...'.
I'm going to look up this author's other work, and I hope it's as good as this one.
It is clear beyond a shadow of a doubt why Mur Lafferty won the 2013 John W. Campbell award. This woman can write!
In Six Wakes she's set herself to a true challenge: to write a closed room murder mystery in space with clones that doesn't get too pulpy, nor too dry, nor too "whodunit", nor predictable. Without giving it all away, the story was so engrossing I never once stopped to try and tease out how it would all wrap up. (Ok, I did once. But that was just because one of the characters said something so painfully irritating I shut the book and thought "Mur, I hope [redacted] turns out to be the bad guy," but that's hardly the same thing.)
Lafferty makes a number of references to traditional scifi (and particularly clone-related) without ever making anything seem trope-y. From one of the clones testing a food synthesizer with a cracker (the "hello world" of printed food), to Hiro mourning the loss of a pastime he's never really experienced,
"Hiro missed swimming ... The last time he went swimming, according to his memory, was a week ago. But this body had never touched a pool or ocean, and probably never would."
Lafferty proves she's got the scifi chops to carry this hefty story.
And then she takes it and makes it her own.
It's not enough for her to use a traditional and elegant technique like Hiro missing swimming. She then seamlessly pivots that moment on swimming into a drowning metaphor for dissociation and inattention, in an arrestingly beautiful coup. This, then, carries the reader through Hiro's initial struggle with the reality he's woken up to.
Throughout Six Wakes, Lafferty uses time as a strategic device to deepen and enrich almost every aspect of the story and the reader's experience. Her skillful use of this device runs the gamut from traditional leaps (both fluid and jarring) between timelines, to the palpable and frantic time-crunch the clones are under, to subtle context clues and details that simultaneously keep readers present and leave us unsure of reality (just like her characters). She even uses the same subtle techniques to disorient readers as she uses to show when the clones are disoriented. And she plays out the discovery of the timeline (the solving of the murders) "in real time" if you will - the characters both learn as we learn and reason as we reason, cementing our feeling of being part of Lafferty's crew on the Dormire.
And, like all great scifi writers Lafferty invites the reader to participate in a discussion about humanity and morality that winds as a constant thread throughout every POV and every timeline in Six Wakes. I sincerely hope that, when it comes time for humans to develop laws that integrate long-lived clones into society as citizens, this book is used to inform those decisions. Lafferty's treatment of moral questions in cloning are inspiring and perfectly grounded in both today's morality and tomorrow's science.
Six people wake up in their new clone bodies to find themselves in outer space in a ship which has lost gravity and the AI running the ship offline. To top it off, their former clone bodies are floating around with multiple stab wounds. What could have happened?
Lafferty deftly takes us by the hand, weaving her way around the story. On the surface, the 6 people and their roles on the ship seem simple and clear. As we wind our way through this complex maze of a story, we find that no one is what they seem to be. This is an intriguing murder mystery in space. I think it's Hugo-worthy.