Editorial Reviews. Review. Eternity Road is set 1, years from now, when the Eternity Road – Kindle edition by Jack McDevitt. Download it. Part of the trick and charm of McDevitt’s (Eternity Road) new novel lies in the protagonists’ encounters with objects–aircraft, computers, road signs, etcthey, but. The Roadmakers left only ruins behind — but what magnificent ruins! Their concrete highways still cross the continent. Their cups, combs and jewelry are fou .

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I got the impression that McDevitt meant for something greater for the ending, but either ran out of time or ideas, because the characters arrive at their destination, find nothing left behind by super advanced, eterrnity 21st century mcdveitt but a bunch of books hand written and bound in cabinets.

Mike, a sentient computer AI from the Roadbuilder times, who remembered the Roadbuilders and undoubtedly had all kinds of treasure troves of information to offer, who the group kills at his request.

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Lists with This Book. Their journey will take them across much of what we once knew as the eastern U. Dec 09, Spurnlad rated it it was amazing. Clarke Best Novel nominee Other artifacts of the former civilizations like jewelry and combs are considered precio This roac an excellent story, one of McDevitt’s best, which is saying a lot.

Turns eterniyy it was a plague after all. It is a story where death comes in logical, but surprising ways. There were so many loose ends and avenues of exploration that just went nowhere, and I think the book would have been a lot better if Silas had survived instead of one of the people who actually did.


We are not talking award-winner here–but most SF fans will find it a pleasant and interesting read. The first expedition failed with almost a complete loss of Nice read I can’t bring myself to give it a four due to its flaws, but I did enjoy it for the most part.

This is a difficult book to review, as it contains a great deal of aspects I like in fiction, such as a post apocalyptic setting and exploration of societies that would exist in such an age.

Eternity Road

It’s the far future, long After the End. The second is forced to discover that there may be a fine line between legend and reality, as well as the fact that some pilgrimages mceevitt more important than their original goals.

And DID they actually find Haven, or something else? Posted by The Alternative One at 9: Despite some questions about the societal structure which honestly could go in so many directions, and this is just one possibility and that’s fine this was a very enjoyable read.

Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt

For me the book falls into the I don’t hate it but don’t really care for it category. Once you think about it, the entire premise sort of falls apart.

This story is about a journey taken by a small band mcdevitr people in which they encounter all sorts of obstacles and mysteries and learn much about their mysterious past. I never have been and probably never will be.

Newer Post Older Post Home. One character makes note of how humanity forgot how to make a printing press but remembered how to make guns. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Mar jck, Werner rated it really liked it Recommends it for: When one citizen leads an expedition to find the fabled “Haven”, where all the lost books of the Roadmakers are stored, written about by the mythical Abraham Polk, he returns alone and empty handed, the rest of the party reportedly dead.


As I’ve said about other books notably many of those by Ph Well we have a sort of “here we go again” in this one. Chaka Milana’s etrnity was one of the fatalities.


McDevitt lives in Georgia with his wife, Maureen, where he plays chess, reads mysteries and eats lunch regularly with his cronies. I was jolted by an out-of-perspective observation when someone referred to aluminum. Jul 16, Bobby rated it it was ok Recommends it for: There may be some merit to this criticism. I’m taking a break from my current kick of retrospectively reviewing the classics to focus on this much more recent title, inspired by the recent review by my Goodreads friend Mike.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The ending is perhaps a touch weak. So my take on this, and don’t read any further if you haven’t read the book, is view spoiler [that it’s not that interesting when you find out what did happen to them.

And he didn’t talk. The literate minority were regarded with something equivalent to awe and there was a social stigma attached to goad who could not read and write.