ARC Review: The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts
The Freeze-Frame Revolution
Author: Peter Watts
Genre: Science Fiction, Fiction
Series: Sunflower Cycle
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Page Number: 192 pages
She believed in the mission with all her heart. But that was sixty million years ago. How do you stage a mutiny when you're only awake one day in a million? How do you conspire when your tiny handful of potential allies changes with each shift? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears and relentlessly, honestly, only wants what best for you? Sunday Ahzmundin is about to find out.
I received a free copy for an honest review.
The Freeze-Frame Revolution is an incredibly intelligent book with extremely in-depth character and a story-line that actually makes you think, and it's a book that when I read it, the entire time I'm just thinking "this is what science fiction look like". What made this book really unique in my opinion is how the writer combined his hilarious writing style with some very serious scientific facts. This not only helps the reader better understand the narrator when they're explaining something but ultimately help put the book in a more interesting light and more fun to read. I also really appreciate how short this book is because with that much intelligence, this book had the perfect length for not completely depriving the reader of their attention by being like 500 pages. I strongly recommend people who are craving science fiction, and just some true intelligence in their novels. I myself understand this better than anyone because there are so many examples out there that the science fiction...just doesn't feel challenging enough. Follow Sunday on a short but fully-packed story that will literally teach you so much about biology, science, and astronomy. This is a very underrated book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PETER WATTS is an awkward hybrid of biologist, science-fiction author, and (according to the US Department of Homeland Security) convicted felon/tewwowist. In addition to a number of accolades for science fiction, he has won minor awards in fields as diverse as marine mammal research and video documentary. None of these have gone to his head since they never involved a lot of cash.
Watts’ first book (Starfish) was a NY Times Notable Book, while his sixth (Blindsight)—a philosophical rumination on the nature of consciousness with an unhealthy focus on space vampires—has become a core text in diverse undergraduate courses ranging from philosophy to neuropsych, and is rumored to have ended up in the occasional Real Neuro Lab. It also made the final ballot for a shitload of domestic genre awards including the Hugo, winning exactly none of them (although it continues to win awards overseas, seven years later). This may reflect a certain critical divide regarding Watts’ work in general; his bipartite novel βehemoth, for example, was praised by Publisher’s Weekly as an “adrenaline-charged fusion of Clarke’s The Deep Range and Gibson’s Neuromancer”, while being simultaneously decried by Kirkus as “utterly repellent… horrific porn”. Watts happily embraces the truth of both views, although age may have mellowed his outlook somewhat; as of this writing the advance reviews for Echopraxia have begun trickling in, and even Kirkus appears to be enamored.
Watts’ work is available in 20 languages. Described by the Globe & Mail as “one of the very best [hard-sf writers] alive”, the overall effect of his prose is perhaps best summed up by critic James Nicoll, quoted above.
Peter Watts is actually a lot more cheerful than you might expect.