I have started this book many times, and never finished the first (short) chapter. Well, I finally read the darn thing. I’m a big fan of Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia and so you would think I would have read these books, too.
Silent Planet is very similar and dissimilar to Chronicles. Lewis’s distinctive writing style is evident. It is one of his earlier books, 12 years before Narnia. The plot is very slow, and the characters are not all that interesting (both unlike Narnia), but the detailed descriptions of the new world are wonderful, if you can slow down enough to enjoy them (which was hard for me).
The pages turn quite slowly until one particular chapter toward the end. The climax is spectacular, perhaps in part because of the contrast. There is certainly strong parallels with Lewis’s worldview. He uses this fiction in the same manner as Narnia, but with a somewhat different objective.
Lewis lovers (and science fiction lovers) should read the book, others should stick with his more popular works. There is plenty of Lewis that is easier to swallow. This one takes some perseverance. I’ll probably read it again, but not for another couple years, I think.
1. Have you read this one? What did you think?
2. Have you read the others in the Space Trilogy? Should I read them, too?
3. Have you read Narnia? What did you think? Compare and contrast.