Review: Rama II

Rama II
Rama II by Arthur C. Clarke
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Very disappointing, especially from a science fiction author the caliber of Arthur C. Clarke. This sequel to Rendezvous with Rama is bogged down by unnecessary characterization, back stories, and Big Brother/Survivor-esque politics. Now normally more characterization is better, but when the characters are cardboard stereotypes and the back story does absolutely nothing to change that, it’s a waste of ink and ether.

This book should’ve been so much better – the science fiction aspects of it really don’t kick in until nearly two-thirds of the way through, which does improve the story from then on, but until that point it’s mostly a boring telenovela.

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