Ribbonworld scores 4* with another book blogger. You can see the full review here, but here is the gist of it,
The planet Reevis, was full of interesting characters and magnificently described features. The book starts off with Miles being exhausted from his journey to Reevis. He quickly has to cope with dangerous and strange circumstances. Exploring a newly formed Ribbonworld, with multiple groups fighting for what they think is best, was a great way for the story to unfold. The character development was done well, and Miles was a relateable guy that you wanted to root for. I did wish that Miles had revealed his past earlier in the novel. It was frustrating to me when he would refer to his past with other characters, and I didn’t know what was happening.
I was engaged in how the power struggle in the book would turn out. While there were alot of different groups involved, the author incorporated them well into the story. The pacing was done well, so the action and plot twists worked seamlessly. I did feel that the details of the machinery and how certain vehicles operated, wasn’t necessary. Overall however, the well described ice and lava fields of Reevis, led me to visualize all of it’s beauty. The technology described of interplanetary travel, vertical farming and transparent holo’s added the right elements of the future, without ever seeming forced.
A powerful corporation, becoming over run by greed and criminals was not a far fetched scenario for me at all. This is a short book, so I was concerned that there would be lose ends, but everything was addressed in a satisfying ending. There was even some adorable romance thrown in, that I enjoyed. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy science fiction, and watching mystery’s unfold.