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A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel Review

A History of What Comes Next audiobook

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Always run, never fight.
Preserve the knowledge.
Survive at all costs.
Take them to the stars.

4 stars

Judging by some of the ratings I have seen for this book, I may have an unpopular opinion when I say that I really enjoyed this one. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I listened to the audiobook version of it, and I enjoyed the different narrators.

The Kibsu are aliens that work in mother-daughter pairs to shape human history and take them to the stars, or help them develop space travel. Mia and her mother are the 99th generation, and Mia’s mission is to lure the German rocket builder Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazis and into the hands of the American rocket program. All the while, the kibsu are pursued by Trackers that are hunting and killing the kibsu.

I found the premise intriguing, and while there was a ton of research and scientific and technological details, I didn’t find it boring. Maybe the audio version helped a bit with that. I enjoyed the mother/daughter relationships, and I really liked Mia. I enjoyed listening to her view of things, her inner thoughts and the questions she has about who she is and where she comes from.
I also appreciate how much research Neuvel did for this book. It was quite interesting to read this sci-fi version of the space race. There are a lot of questions about the kibsu I had that go unanswered, but they are questions that Mia herself asks and I suspect they will be addressed in the next books. While I did not like A History of What Comes Next as much as I did Sleeping Giants, I did enjoy this book and look forward to the next one.

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