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Spin (Spin, Bk 1)
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Author: Robert Charles Wilson
Spin is Robert Charles Wilson's Hugo Award-winning, stunning combination of a galactic "what if" and a small-scale, very human story. — One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his back yard and watched the stars go out. They all flared into brilliance at once, then disappeared, replaced by a flat, empty...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780765348258
ISBN-10: 076534825X
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 464
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 110 ratings
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Spin (Spin, Bk 1) on + 52 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I found the premise for this book to be very interesting. Really, it's a mystery. One night, on a night very much like tonight, the stars go out. The moon is gone, too. The sky is just black. What happened? Why did it happen? And can it be undone? I can't say much more about the plot without giving away spoilers, but mostly this is the story of society's reaction to this event and in particular, one very intelligent man's quest to try to figure it out. I enjoyed the way the story was told by jumping back and forth between the present and the future until the two converged. I never knew what was coming next and I certainly never guessed how it would end. My biggest complaint about the novel is that I never understood why they called it the Spin. This book won the Hugo Award in 2006. It is the first of a planned trilogy, but this book could easily stand alone, leaving something to the imagination.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is easily the best science fiction book I've read all year. It is a bit slow to start out, but the characters are amazing, and the slow, progressive unfolding of the stunning concepts involved makes them hit you all the harder. I'm normally irritated by books that occur largely in flashback, but it's used to good effect here, coordinating all of the emotional plots to prepare you for the ending. The human science is plausible, the alien science is otherworldly. I loved it!
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Wow! This Hugo-winner is a compelling read that kept me up nights -- I felt the need to order several more Robert Charles Wilson books, and that is the highest compliment I can pay. The prose strikes just the right note and I cared about the characters. You'll enjoy this book!
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Helpful Score: 2
One of the most original and well-written books science fiction books I've ever read.
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Not a big science fiction fan, especially when they get technical and over my head, and this book doesn't. I really enjoyed this story, could hardly put it down.
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reviewed Spin (Spin, Bk 1) on + 25 more book reviews
Refreshing to find a "book 1" in a trilogy that actually had a decent ending. Sadly I don't think I'll continue reading the others since this one went on a bit too long for my tastes. Great idea and very inventive ending (otherwise would have been about 3 stars).

While good, I didn't see this being "Hugo" material... but maybe that's just me. I'd happily re-read pretty much most of the Hugo winners, but probably not so much with this one. Yes, the characters were certainly "real" and the plot well developed, but I prefer more focus on the hard science stuff - personal preference ultimately.
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Imagine looking at a beautiful star filled sky and see it turn black before your eyes. It happens to Tyler DuPree, 12 years of age, and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton. Not only have the stars disappeared but also the moon. The incident, known as the Big Blackout, is soon found to be caused by a membrane that encloses the earth and becomes known by the term Spin.

Jason is an exceptionally bight young man and his father promotes him shamelessly. He becomes a scientist who devotes his entire life to studying the phenomena. Diane, frightened, turns to religion for solace and marries a man who is more dedicated to the faith than she. Tyler becomes a physician. The three go their separate ways, and, like many friend, find themselves getting in touch occasionally.

When Jason becomes ill, he contacts Tyler and hires him as his personal physician. Jason's illness brings the three friends together again. The world is a different one from when they were children. The sun is dying. The membrane is flickering. People are frightened and trust no one. Some commit suicide. Some live dangerously because they may die tomorrow. Jason, Tyler and Diane work to find their way through a world gone made with fear and distrust.

I liked this read so much that I looked for other books by the author to put on reading list. Perhaps you will like it, too.

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