My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Spin is a high concept novel. It starts with one idea then extrapolates from there.
The idea is that suddenly a sphere surrounds the earth, and the stars go out. We learn that time passes much faster for us then the rest of the universe, so much faster that in forty or fifty years, were the barrier to fall (it was providing us with normal sunlight, tides and such) we would all die because the sun would no longer be able to support life on earth.
More then anything, it’s a disaster story. Its told from the point of view of a person who is adjacent to people who are studying the spin, and making decisions, even though he is not. It takes place over a long period of time. It starts when the main character is ten and ends when he is fortyish.
It is a very intelligent, if pessimistic, projection of how people would react and how the world at large would react.
I will say that its not big on character arc’s. There are some but its not a focus of the book. It reads more like the diary of the best friend of a important figure.
While the book did drag on a bit it is a very good story, I am looking forward to reading the sequels.