Vinge, Vernor -- The Children of the Sky

As noted in every review of this book by anybody: this is what happens to Ravna and the kids on the Tines planet. Much politics, very little Zones stuff. That ought to be fine; Deepness was the same way. But I wasn't quite satisfied. I think I've gotten fed up with Vinge's flatly over-the-top villains. On the plus side: the Tines characters get equal time in plotlines with the humans, and the Tines plots are resolutely Tines plots: they are character stories that couldn't happen to human characters. Vinge does that very well. On the minus side: enough dangling plot threads (particularly re Zones) that we can expect a sequel, no doubt in 2020 or so.

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