mining system orbiting Jupiter. However, after a battle with ‘aliens’ it is captured and everything it thinks it knows slowly unravels throughout the course of the novel.
I should probably be a bit more careful when picking books, as I didn’t realise this was Young Adult when I bought it.
he book outlines that most of the way we think are like a ‘soldier’, we determine whether or not something fits into an existing pattern or belief, and try to rationalise away those that don’t. The Scout, does the opposite, they attempt to find out whether or not something is true.
So for the uninitiated, which was me prior to reading this book, the main actions focusses around the Transcontinental race, which is a self-supported, long distance bike race across Europe.
The central arc of the story is about the millennium and the fears / expectation of the second coming of Christ, even though official doctrine (from Augustine) said that it couldn’t be predicated.
For those of you not familiar with the world, it’s set in the early 20th century, in a world where the veil between the world of Djinn and other supernatural beings, and the world as we know it, as been breached. Egypt has become a world power and Djinn incorporate into Egyptian life.
I’m not sure how Becky Chambers does it, but in such a compact little book, she built a world that was at once familiar and very new.
I was once again just amazed at the breadth of women involved since the beginning of bicycle, and the constant battles they faced just to be able to ride.
It was a really quick read and gives short descriptions of different women, throughout the whole life of the bicycle. It’s definitely not an in-depth history, and that is really it’s main fault. I wanted to know so much more than the one or two women every few decades who did something interesting.
While the book annoyed me occasionally (usually the post-modern trips over words and language), it did me the utmost service of bringing my attention to these wonderful women.