Sun of Suns, by Karl Schroeder

I got this audiobook as a free download more than a year ago and tried to read it then, but I quickly got bored of it and moved on to more exciting things. But for some reason I kept it on my iPod, and so when I ran out of things to listen to at work the other day I decided to give this another shot.

The story is something like this: There’s a dude called Hayden who lives in a strange world where nations float through space and create artificial suns to light themselves and their allies. When he’s a kid, his nation tries to build its own sun, but the big nation that already provided their sun was like “I don’t think so” and came and destroyed the sun and also Hayden’s mum, who was hanging out at the sun at the time. Okay? So then years later we meet Hayden again, and he’s sort of infiltrated the government what killed his mum with the intent to kill the guy that led the raid that killed Hayden’s mum (he’s kind of obsessive about this). But then some stuff happens and Hayden ends up going with Killer Guy (who may not actually have done any killing) and a bunch of other people on some weird treasure hunting mission, and Hayden is torn between hating and liking these people.

And there’s action and explosions and double-crosses and love stories and it’s all pretty standard science fictiony fare. I had quite a few problems with the plot and lack thereof, and with some questionable choices by the characters, but it turned out a lot better than I thought it was the first time I listened. What I really enjoyed was how the universe was structured with the floating nations and all; Schroeder did a nice job with the world-building.

I won’t be continuing with the series, but I will be giving this to my husband to listen to because it’s totally up his alley.

Recommendation: For the action-adventure-sci-fi lover, and those who like interesting worlds.

Rating: 6/10

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