About one quarter of the way into Blue Mars I was afraid I was going to be disappointed. There was extensive talk of politics, economy, and related government building activities that just weren’t very gripping. While the pace and tone of the reading matched the section’s main character’s mood, it was almost too much.
Fortunately things picked up from there and the book finished stronger than I anticipated. One character’s problem was resolved better than expected, and another’s was left unresolved. The book closed on notes of joy and sadness, the dawning of a golden age combined with the decline of its principal architects.