Hawksbill Station

By Robert Silverberg

Rating: 3 stars

This was a fairly enjoyable story about a group of political activists who were considered so dangerous by their government that there were exiled to the far past and left to survive or not. While I don’t know enough about the geology of the world ~2 billion years ago to know if there was an oxygen atmosphere yet or whether survival at this era was remotely possible, the story itself was pretty engaging, although it did have Silverberg’s usual problem with women. The only female character was only described by her physical appearance and never given any depth. Although, to be fair, this was from the point of view of a 16 year old boy, so it’s sort of excusable.

The main problem with the book is its very rushed conclusion — even a couple of pages from the end I was wondering if this was part of a trilogy or something and I hadn’t noticed. He did actually wrap it up in one book but it felt rather unnatural, as if he’d just got bored and wanted to finish the story, leaving me feeling somewhat cheated.

Book details

ISBN: 9780425036792
Publisher: Berkley (NYC)
Year of publication: 1967

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