GREAT NORTH ROAD
Hamilton writes a mean sci-fi novel. While observing the classic conventions of science fiction, his prose is still accessible. It’s not over the top, and it is definitely readable by non-geeks. There are some minor issues that a reader might have with Hamilton’s worlds. For instance, technology advances to the point that a serial killer can precisely target clones of the same man, but social constructs about women and beauty still read the same. In spite of this, the involving plot and the seriously fascinating science make this book a great read for all.
A century from now, the world looks a lot brighter: Lightspeed travel is possible, the environment is in prime shape, there are no energy shortages and people have set up outposts across the galaxy — all thanks to the North family, a clan of clones made from a singularly brilliant scientist. But five generations later, a serial killer is targeting the clones’ family, and it is Detective Sid Hurst’s duty to discover who’s hunting them down and why they are being targeted. (DEL REY, Jan., 976 pp., $30.00)