In a future where plague has left the human race in isolated pockets
without technology, a group of people go out in search of "ancient"
texts and technology.
Read June 28th to July 4th, 1999
This book was certainly entertaining, but it lacked the punch I was
expecting. The beginning was quite slow, though I can see the need
for it. The expedition was eventful, but didn't show the range of
artifacts that I would have liked about the "Roadmakers", nor the knowledge
gain. If this was book one of several, we could see the breadth of
knowledge they acquired. I would have also liked to see the journey
home, and the reception when they got back. Perhaps finding out what
happened to the original cataloguers would be nice, as well. That's
quite a wish list! But I did enjoy the book. The ending just
seemed like a cheat -like writing at the end of a movie telling what happens
to the characters. It also seemed like a cheat that they didn't have
to deal with their decision to destroy the AI -the trains home would be
deactivated, too! That leaves future explorers without the transportation
that took these guys half the distance they traveled.