Burning Paradise

{4.5/5} “Every star is an oasis in a desert — a warm place, rich with nutrients and complex chemistry. Many organisms compete for access to those riches. Their struggles are ethereal, protracted, and largely invisible to beings as yourself. But the battles are as relentless and deadly as anything that happens in a forest or under the sea.”

Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson, published in 2013

The simulacra killed a bunch of people in the Correspondence Society seven years ago and now they’re back. Cassie watches a simulacrum get hit by a car outside her apartment, and she knows it was coming to kill her. She also knows what to do — take her brother Thomas and the emergency suitcases that are already packed and go to the home of the nearest Society member.

The characters have to make tough choices, and the ending is exciting.

It explores how the 20th century could have been different if we hadn’t had so many wars.

It also explores the premise that the radiosphere is a living entity with a hive mind — which just wants to reproduce.

If you like Robert Charles Wilson books, you’ll like this one. If you haven’t read any Wilson, now is the time to start.

Wilson doesn’t often write sequels, but a sequel to this book might be worthwhile — the differences between this world and ours could be explored more, as well as the consequences of the actions the characters took.

I previously reviewed Wilson’s novel Vortex.

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