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Author: Robert Charles Wilson
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 black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives. — The eff...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780765309389
ISBN-10: 0765309386
Publication Date: 4/1/2005
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 3
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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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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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Really, really good book. Several different storylines are told in extended flashbacks about interesting and sympathetic characters in an apocalyptic setting. Though there's a decent amount of science, it's not too hard to follow even if, like me, you're not science-minded. I usually read several books concurrently, but this one was so engaging that I read it straight through. I will be looking for more books by this author!

For once I agree completely with a critical review, so I'm reprinting (in part) the one from 'Bookmarks Magazine' below:
"Spin is not merely a SF thriller. Its also a coming-of-age tale, a love story, a literary triumph, and an ecological and apocalyptic warning. The award-winning Wilson excels at all aspects of his tale, from the human angle to the political, religious, biological, medical, and astrophysical theorizing..."

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