Considering I read the book in the space of a solid 4 hours on Wednesday night, the day after the book’s publication, I think it’s safe to say that Weir did not disappoint. (Since this review is coming out so close to publication, it has no spoilers).
Once again, Weir wields information about hard science with a deft hand that is always relevant to the current plot and action and never feels like unnecessary info dump. The science in this novel could feel very “science-fiction-y” since we’re farther into the future than the events of The Martian. However, it all reads as very accessible and logical, once again originating from Weir’s own scientific roots and expertise.
On top of all the hard science, we also get a delicious dose of economics and sociology that helps tie everything in this story together. The heist story line itself continuously twists and turns, and I had multiple gasp out loud moments.
Weir’s inclusion of diverse characters is on point. Since obviously this will be a movie at some point, we can only pray that it does not get white-washed all to hell. As much as I love actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, and Felicity Jones, I don’t want them as Jazz Bashara. I want a petite Middle-Eastern girl to be the star of this show, just like she was in my head as I devoured this book and enjoyed every moment of it.