is a science fiction novel in what I call the "ecological"
sub-genre: there is something unusual about the ecology of an alien
planet, and unless Homo sapiens (or the right group of Homo sapiens)
finds out what it is quickly... — in this case the human race will be
wiped out. This basic idea is implemented reasonably well, though as
usual the biology is not terribly well worked out. The novel has
another strand, a kind of pseudo-religious working out of ideas about
the ultimate purpose of human existence, that doesn't really work at all.
Too many of the ideas are presented explicitly (in the narrated thoughts
of characters) rather than appearing as an organic part of the story.
Ideas aside, Grass is a reasonably well written novel with a decent
plot. If you are into light science fiction it should keep you happily
entertained for some hours.
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