Series: The Long Earth
Whilst waiting for my next Ted Dekker installation to arrive, I realized I had two books of this series by an author whose other works I have enjoyed...well sort of...I guess.
Anyway, this is quite an interesting take on sci-fi (or is it fantasy?). Humanity has discovered a way to travel to alternate Earth's by "stepping" East or West. Every other Earth they reach is unpopulated by humanity, though they do find some unique and interesting creatures along the way. Mostly, though, this is a pioneering / exploration story as over a fifth of the Earth's population eventually moves away from what is now known as 'Datum Earth' and start their new civilizations, sometimes hundreds or even thousands (nay, millions!) of steps away from the datum.
Probably what I really liked about this was it's initial and recurring setting of Madison, WI. In fact, I started the book on my way to the airport, and it was pretty neat to be listening to something taking place "on the lakes" as I drove right past them! Unfortunately (spoiler alert!) Madison gets nuked by the end of the first book, but it's still fun to read the references to my not-quite-but-close place of residence.
As far as other issues I've encountered in some of these stories, there has been no obnoxious R-rated scenes, and any reference to faith have been generally neutral or dismissive, but not overly antagonistic like some authors. There's certainly lots of reference to evolution, though after reading some certain books recently, my take on this is not so much offense as much as contemplation as to how much sense it can make. Frankly, the storyline is actually pretty well in-line with Evolution 2.0's description of humanity's evolution: where there is no divine intervention, humanity doesn't arise. Though (writing this partway through the 2nd book) we're definitely seeing humanesque life forms arise in certain Earth's.
Anyway, fun read. And apparently not over. When I was double-checking the author on this review, I noticed that the 4th book in the series was just published literally two days ago (well, I'm writing this on the 28th, though I finished the book on the 22nd). Anyway. How's this for a long, rambly review?