Rainbows End Book Review


Rainbows End is a sci fi thriller set in 2025 in San Diego, California where the most famous living poet Robert Gu is recovering from Alzheimer's disease. Even though he looks and feels much younger, Robert is 75 years old, has no memory of the last decade and is completely out of touch with the augmented-reality techno-world around him.

With the help of his thirteen-year-old granddaughter Miri, Robert begins a quest for recovering his lost gift for poetry and begins re-educating himself about life permeated by high-tech gadgets such as smart clothes with embedded wearable computers and smart contact lenses. However, while trying to rebuild his life, Gu unwittingly becomes entangled in a global conspiracy for technological world domination. Imagine the fate of the world resting in the hands of a poet who has lost his gift...

Rainbows End is set in what Vernor Vinge calls a pre-singularity "soft-take-off" world. Unfortunately, the book doesn't deal much with the issues of the singularity itself. Thus, while captivating and highly entertaining, it is not among the best or most original singularity books.

Socrates' verdict: 7.5 out of 10

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