Very character driven. No clear-cut good guys or bad guys. I really enjoyed.
I can't believe I had never read this nearly 30-year old book before! This story is excellent character-driven hard science fiction with a gripping plot. Can't wait to read the next two! Highly recommended.
A big long family-saga type book. The narrator's mother has ambitions to become mayor of her agrarian village and to leave a successful farm to her daughter. However, her daughter insists on spending all of her free time studying online, with dreams of becoming part of the ambitious project to settle Venus. She is rebellious and bitter about her mother's failure to understand her dreams - but when she succeeds, after great effort, she in turn doesn't understand her son, who feels that the Venus Project is all a big PR scam set up by the Earth government, who doesn't understand that cooperating with the more technologically advanced people who live in artificial space habitats would be the more sensible way to go.
Well done, interesting book, but it didn't grab me enough to make me go seek out the sequels.
Broad epic of a future Earth, where most people are illiterate and subject to the rule of distant leaders. A young girl wants more and eventually gets her chance to go to Venus and be a part of the terraforming effort there. Excellent begining of a trilogy (concluded in Venus of Shadows and Child of Venus).