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In ascension af Martin MacInnes
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In ascension (original 2023; udgave 2023)

af Martin MacInnes

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Leigh grew up in Rotterdam, drawn to the waterfront as a refuge from her unhappy home life and volatile father. Enchanted by the marine world of her childhood, she excels in postgraduate research on ancient algae. When an unfathomable vent appears in the mid-Atlantic floor, Leigh joins the investigating team; what she finds there will change her life forever. Around the same time, a trio of engineers, unknown to each other, make a seismic breakthrough in rocket propulsion, announcing an almost limitless era of space exploration. Billions of dollars is poured into projects, and Leigh's classified research on the ocean vent sees her recruited to develop an experimental food source for off-world travel. From her base in the Mojave desert, she's drawn further into the space agency's work, where she learns of a series of anomalies suggesting a beacon sent from the far side of the solar system.… (mere)
Medlem:mmparker
Titel:In ascension
Forfattere:Martin MacInnes
Info:London : Atlantic Books, 2023.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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In Ascension af Martin MacInnes (2023)

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an interesting and well written novel that to me does not really work, because it is caught between its imaginative near-future set-up about a space flight and bioengineering immortality and the very different inward-looking focus of a contemporary family psychological novel. so it moves awkwardly between the momentum of an sf story and the more static inner issues of a psychological novel, and that complicates and ultimately compromises both impulses. at the same time both the author's attention to detail and the rhythms of his prose herald a gifted writer, but i'm not certain that this approach could ever work; perhaps he tried it as an experiment. ( )
  macha | Apr 3, 2024 |
I love this book.

As an extremely picky reader with a lot of jaded feelings towards fiction, I seldom find works with characters and concepts that speak to me but I genuinely felt changed after reading In Ascension. I found MacInnes's writing to be exceptional and never tone deaf, corny, or obnoxious. I wholeheartedly cared for the characters in this book and was fully committed to understanding whatever it was that I could about the main character, Leigh, and their family. I was gutted by the book's resolution and having to part ways.

Despite being branded as science fiction, I would argue that this book is so much more. It is an incredibly slow burn with major emphasis on the main character's internal relationship with themself as well as their external relationships with family and the people they meet along the way.
My biggest gripe about this book was simply that I am not someone with a very science-y brain, nor do I care much about topics in science, especially biology. With much of this book being filled with conversation about science related topics, it was easy to find myself zoning out or bored. I do not feel like this is necessarily a flaw, but I do think it is something that will deter certain readers. This is not an action packed book filled with super entertaining adventures or crazy events that will keep you on your toes, but it is an incredibly thought provoking and moving piece of writing that I would genuinely encourage the right reader to consume.

I'll be thinking about this one for a very long time.
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  brookeklebe | Feb 6, 2024 |
I had high hopes for this novel primarily because it was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Yet, I found it to be a disappointingly complex sci-fi story that just didn’t seem to fit smoothly with a family drama or a story about a woman’s scientific ambitions. Notwithstanding his efforts to tackle big questions about the interconnectedness of humans the natural world and the universe, MacInnes’ ideas remained obscure. His settings in oceans, deserts, space, and the industrial city of Rotterdam were indeed evocative. His protagonist, however, was more nebulous. Clearly, Leigh was highly motivated by her science, yet her familial relationships, especially with her abusive father, don’t seem to be well explored or fit well with the overarching theme of the novel. ( )
  ozzer | Feb 6, 2024 |
Leigh, the heroine of In Ascension, is a marine biologist whose undersea research leads her on an unlikely route to an expedition to the edges of the solar system. This would be a decent premise for a story by Arthur C. Clarke, Peter Watts, or Kim Stanley Robinson. Instead, it is in the hands of Martin MacInnes, who gives it enough literary flourish to earn a longlist nomination to the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. I have seldom seen a book whose ratings oscillate so consistently between two and five stars. Like many slipstream novels, it struggles to meet its conflicting genre requirements. Characters in stories by Clarke, Watts, and Robinson may have faults, but they tend to attack problems in engineering and science rationally. MacInnes’s characters treat such issues as symbols of their own character: “So many times I had identified errors—in my work and in my relationships—stemming the original mistake of too many assumptions, of predicting rather than perceiving the world and seeing something that wasn’t really there.” They are not so much interested in the world through which they travel as they are in the weaknesses that they assume define their character. Is such stuff good enough to win a Hugo or a Booker? Not for me. ( )
  Tom-e | Nov 16, 2023 |
A dreamy, sci-fi ish, novel. The story involves Leigh who grew up as an abused child but her adult years are filled with scientific explorations and discoveries.
I thought it a tad too long but felt it was very well written, often the prose is down right beautiful.
This novel was available to me on audio, which seemed rather slow paced to me. I look forward to reading a hard copy when I see it in my area.
Personally, I think this novel would make a very good movie ( )
  Carmenere | Sep 13, 2023 |
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Leigh grew up in Rotterdam, drawn to the waterfront as a refuge from her unhappy home life and volatile father. Enchanted by the marine world of her childhood, she excels in postgraduate research on ancient algae. When an unfathomable vent appears in the mid-Atlantic floor, Leigh joins the investigating team; what she finds there will change her life forever. Around the same time, a trio of engineers, unknown to each other, make a seismic breakthrough in rocket propulsion, announcing an almost limitless era of space exploration. Billions of dollars is poured into projects, and Leigh's classified research on the ocean vent sees her recruited to develop an experimental food source for off-world travel. From her base in the Mojave desert, she's drawn further into the space agency's work, where she learns of a series of anomalies suggesting a beacon sent from the far side of the solar system.

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