Dark Eden

Chris Beckett
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Sensawunda and Self-Deception


The third SF novel from the UK I've read in the past 12 months that focuses on a setting of perpetual night, but this sensawunda locale hooked me for the whole novel. Well-written, well-drawn, with gender- and religion-politics that hit close to home at times, naive at other times. Great examination of ambition and the arrogance of leadership, particularly with regard to colonialism, and a youthful sociopathy that reminds me of Pangborn's Davy.