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Lena Nguyen

Autor(a) de We Have Always Been Here

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Obras de Lena Nguyen

We Have Always Been Here (2021) 170 cópias


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Outer space story enthusiasts may love this one. It's obviously one that a reader is NOT going to be on the fence about. It has a huge space exploration agency, a divided and mostly unhappy crew, and a ship full of uncanny, evil androids that converge on a mysterious planet. Grace Park is one of two psychologists on a ship bound for Eos, to study whether the planet is fit for human colonization. The space agency, buoyed by deteriorating conditions on Earth that have forced people into a life of conscription in exchange for a place on a colonized planet. The agency maintains a tight control over the crew, which means, as we begin to suspect, that Grace might not know what the true mission really is. It’s unlikely that anyone will tell her what’s really going on either. Her crew doesn’t trust her because of her close relationship with the ship’s androids and they believe that she might be a spy for ISF. As the crew arrives at the planet to begin their explorations, they begin to become mysteriously ill and complaining of strange dreams and behaving erratically. Grace wants to learn the truth, but can can't if only the androids are on her side. As Grace's paranoia increases and the androids grow stronger, it becomes increasingly clear that there’s more to the planet than anyone knows or had known, before the mission began, including the company head and ISF. The entire story...a debut novel for this author, is claustrophobic and very dark, full of twisting ship corridors that don't seem to lead anywhere and unreliable characters. We've encountered these elements before, but Lena Nguyen combines them in ways that raise questions about totalitarian systems, environmental destruction, and the true underlying nature of humanity.… (mais)
Carol420 | outras 11 resenhas | Apr 17, 2024 |
Park is the backup psychologist on a mission to explore a new planet, with a strangely smaller-than-usual complement of humans and a lot of androids. When things start going wrong, she falls back on her greater affinity for androids, but they are acting strangely too. Park is presented as neuroatypical, but nobody ever says anything except how weird and offputting she is, which felt wrong to me—even the corporatized, post-ecopocalyptic hellscape would surely remember the lingo if it can also make androids and use FTL travel. Ultimately I didn’t connect with Park any more than she would have with me.… (mais)
rivkat | outras 11 resenhas | Apr 11, 2024 |
Almost every statement was either logically or emotionally at odds with every other statement at the start, and nothing was offered that either interested or involved me.
quondame | outras 11 resenhas | Apr 5, 2024 |
A solid 7/10 rounded down to three stars. It felt a little bit like some old-school sci-fi, a little Alien meets McCaffrey's [b:Crystal Singer|653711|Crystal Singer (Crystal Singer, #1)|Anne McCaffrey||1173956] meets Geordi and Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
xaverie | outras 11 resenhas | Apr 3, 2023 |




½ 3.3

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