Son of Heaven

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Atlantic Books Limited, Feb 3, 2011 - Fiction - 300 pages
22 Reviews

The first instalment in the epic 20-volume series, Chung Kuo: a science fiction masterpiece standing alongside Herbert's Dune and Asimov's Foundation

The year is 2065, two decades after the great economic collapse that destroyed Western civilization. With its power broken and its cities ruined, life in the West continues in scattered communities. In rural Dorset Jake Reed lives with his 14-year-old son and memories of the great collapse. Back in '43, Jake was a rich, young futures broker, immersed in the datascape of the world's financial markets. He saw what was coming - and who was behind it. Forewarned, he was one of the few to escape the fall.

For 22 years he has lived in fear of the future, and finally it is coming - quite literally - across the plain towards him. Chinese airships are in the skies and a strange, glacial structure has begun to dominate the horizon. Jake finds himself forcibly incorporated into the ever-expanding 'World of Levels' a global city of some 34 billion souls, where social status is reflected by how far above the ground you live.

Here, under the rule of the mighty Tsao Ch'un, a resurgent China is seeking to abolish the past and bring about world peace through rigidly enforced order. But a civil war looms, and Jake will find himself at the heart of the struggle for the future.

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Wingrove is an extremely inconsistent writer. - Goodreads
Great storyline and the pace of the book moves well. - Goodreads
The plot ended up being very predictable. - Goodreads

Review: Son Of Heaven (Chung Kuo Recast #1)

User Review  - Peter Bugaj - Goodreads

Not the best science fiction book I have read. The plot ended up being very predictable. Also the author's explanation of how the previous world collapses due to market failure did not sound very ... Read full review

Review: Son Of Heaven (Chung Kuo Recast #1)

User Review  - Hans Vannister - Goodreads

This book is terribly written, neh? I believe the "brutal oriental" style is to blame when it comes to it. However, props for building characters that I can totally relate to, especially very recently ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

David Wingrove is the Hugo-Award winning co-author (with Brian Aldiss) of The Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction. He is also the co-author of the first three MYST books - novelizations of one of the world's bestselling computer games. He lives in north London with his wife and four daughters.

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