I'm happily working my way through my summer reading lists and just finished a novel by Sheri S. Tepper--The Margarets. I've been wanting to read Tepper for a while--having heard about her on a number of sci fi blogs. The bookstore didn't have the older works that were on my list so I picked this recent work up instead.
It is an anti-utopia, where Humans (or Earthians) have destroyed the planet through overpopulation and environmental atrocities. The main character, Margaret, was born on a work colony on a Martian satellite. The story follows the life of Margaret as she splits into 7 different people--each ending up on a different planet in the system. None of the characters has any awareness of the others. Think Sybil except each personality gets its own body.
There are excellent descriptions of other worlds and races. Some of the races are good and some evil. And then there are Earthians--who blend good and evil with a pinch of ignorance. There are characters to care about and plot to keep you going. However the Margaret characters do get difficult to keep straight--especially since some are ignored for half of the novel. Also the "meaning" is thrown upon the reader like a brick. Subtlety, at least in this novel, does not seem to be in Tepper's vocabulary.
All-in-all I enjoyed it. I will definitely read more--especially earlier work--but I didn't walk away with the joy of new author discovery.