Floating Worlds

Cecelia Holland
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Floating Worlds


A lengthy, well detailed story which crosses the solar system several times to tell about a single woman and her power to influence the course of planets and peoples. The story starts slowly and seems stiff, with little range of emotion in the dialogue. Once all the main characters are intruduced, the pace picks up and can carry the reader along to the end.

What is curious, and troubling, is the total bloodlessness of the heroine. She is brutalized, raped, imprisoned, left to starve, is confronted with deeply personal death and loss, yet there is almost no smile, no tear, no grief, no rage. She more resembles a robot in a woman's skin. All the characters around her seem much more alive and complex.

All the same, she is indomitable and fearless, which gives the story a heroic flavor, and engages the reader in the events and final resolution.I found these two contrasts troubling rather than dymanic and engaging.

A good, solid read even if not in the top of your list.