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Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
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Six Wakes

by Mur Lafferty

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Not for me. Very plot and narrative focused, but the characters didn't seem real to me and the world-building felt a bit tired. Too heavy-handed, IMO. ( )
  xiaomarlo | Apr 17, 2019 |
Wieder so ein Buch, das eigentlich schnell gelesen war, sehr unterhaltsam und eigentlich auch spannend. An Bord des Raumschiffs Dormire erwachen 6 Klone inmitten eines Blutbads aus ihren Klonkammern mit keinerlei Erinnerung, was passiert ist. Sie sind die Crew des Schiffs und offenbar schon 25 Jahre unterwegs gewesen. Ihre Vorgänger sind brutal ermordet worden, aber es gibt keinerlei Aufzeichnungen darüber, was in den letzten 25 Jahren passiert ist. Die KI des Schiffs, IAN, ist ebenfalls ausgeknockt und es dauert seine Zeit, bis die Crew IAN wieder in Gang bringen können.

Klingt alles nach einem spannenden Murder-Mystery-Thriller im Weltall, oder? War es auch. Aber: die Figuren und ich fanden keinen Draht zueinander. Dazu sollte ich sagen, dass alle 6 Klone in ihrer Vergangenheit Kriminelle waren, die mit dieser Mission die Gelegenheit bekommen sollten, eine weiße Weste zu bekommen. Natürlich weiß keiner die Vergangenheit vom anderen. Natürlich führt das zu Paranoia. Mit den Figuren wurde ich einfach nicht war. Jede einzelne Hintergrundgeschichte war interessant, aber irgendwie auch schräg. Die Handlung der Figuren, allen voran Wolfgang und Katrina wirken auf Teufel komm raus konstruiert. Einige Situationen kamen – vom rein menschlichen Verhalten her – extrem unrealistisch rüber, selbst wenn man sie im Kontext der gesamten Handlung betrachtet.

Die Lösung des Falls war an sich echt spannend und die Idee dahinter hat mir richtig gut gefallen. Mit den Dialogen und dem Erzählstil tat ich mich allerdings auch extrem schwer. Nicht, dass es handwerklich schlecht ist, weit davon entfernt. Aber irgendwie wirkte durch die merkwürdigen Dialoge und inneren Gedankengänge während der Perspektivenwechsel alles einfach nur grotesk und ich war mir einfach nicht sicher, ob die Autorin das beabsichtigt hat – wenn ja, blieb mir die tiefere Absicht verborgen – oder ob hier Teile einfach nicht geschrieben wurden, weil sie dem Wissen des Lesers vorausgesetzt wurden. Die Konfliktlösung am Ende ist fast zu perfekt und reibungslos. Das Ende selbst ist kein Cliffhanger, aber es schafft die Möglichkeit für einen weiteren Band. Sicherlich wäre es hier interessant, irgendwann zu erfahren, ob die Dormire ihr Ziel erreicht und wie es für die Crew plus ihre 2000 Passagiere im Kälteschlaf weitergeht.

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Alles in allem bin ich ziemlich hin- und hergerissen. Es ist kein schlechtes Buch. Es liest sich schnell und ist spannend. Aber die Figuren und die merkwürdige Art, wie sich diese Figuren verhalten und miteinander sprechen, waren Faktoren, die mir nicht gefallen haben. Sicherlich eine Lesempfehlung für zwischendurch, aber nichts tiefgreifendes oder außergewöhnliches. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
I loved this book and I didn't... I loved the premise, the characters, and the set-up. I did not like the typos and continuation errors (e.g. two characters walk to the theatre to talk, but the next scene has them talking in one of the characters' sleeping quarters; at least twice the name of the character talking was the wrong one - i.e. Maria was said to be talking but it was actually Joanna). The entire book read as if it needed another good going through by an editor and then author: one draft short of being really good.

This all said, it was a book I that started and then read exclusively of the other books I was currently reading, which only happens when I'm truly captivated. The errors really bothered me, however... hence the 3.5 stars. ( )
  Aula | Feb 25, 2019 |
Science fiction has been around for a long time. As a result, it is rare that anything original can be found in new science fiction works. Faster than light travel, generation starships, artificial intelligence, cloning, colonization, alien intelligence are all well-developed science fiction tropes. So, in order to stand out, you either need to develop a twist on one or more of the above, or just write a better story.

The twist used in this novel involves a generation starship, manned by six clones, who through the technology of “mind-mapping” have achieved virtual immortality. Upon the death of a clone, a new, identical body is generated and all of the memories of the previous “shell” are implanted into the new clone.

In addition, all of the elements of a murder mystery are included in the novel, as it begins with the awakening of the clones to a scene of mass murder and mayhem. Not only have their predecessors been slaughtered, but their memories are not “up to date”, having reverted to the initiation of the journey, twenty years previous. As a result, they have no memory of anything that had occurred in the previous two decades. All of the ship’s logs have been erased and the ship’s artificial intelligence damaged. The ship is programmed to return to Earth and no one knows why.

While this certainly has elements of science fiction, the focus of the story is on the murder mystery and the psychological aspects of the suspects; there is little hard science fiction explained. The characters are well developed and the story advances steadily to its conclusion. ( )
  santhony | Feb 25, 2019 |
It was mostly a fun distracting read. I did enjoy the arguments & discussions on the ethics of cloning and gene tweaking, and whether cloned humans have souls. My main quibbles had to do with the science & SciFi bits. I can't understand why the author went to all of the trouble to set the book four centuries in the future, dream up and write about mind mapping technology & organic body printing capabilities, and then had the crew fighting with knives & guns. ( )
1 vote clamairy | Jan 22, 2019 |
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In the end, Six Wakes is a very impressive novel. I found myself fully invested in the characters and carried along by the powerful pull of the plot as the tension ratcheted up towards the climax. There might be more stories to tell of these characters or the “world” they inhabit, but this was an excellent standalone SF thriller.
added by 2wonderY | editTor.com, Rob H. Bedford (Jan 31, 2017)
 
Like Asimov's work, Six Wakes offers a set of science-fictional rules that, of course, are going to be bent, broken, and tested throughout the story. Ethical and philosophical dilemmas abound, from the definition of the individual to the nature of identity. Rather than posing them abstractly, Lafferty tethers these big quandaries to an exquisitely wound plot, one that shifts from whodunit to howdunit to whydunit with a breathless sense of escalation.
 

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A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer --- before they kill again.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Marie Shea had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died: from illness once and from injury once.
Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently...

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"A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer -- before they kill again. It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently..."--… (more)

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