Kim Stanley Robinson is clearly an intelligent person filled with brilliant ideas as well as a skilled author and it shows immensely in his novel Forty Signs of Rain. However, I feel that the length of this novel was almost unnecessary. Robinson could have cut out a significant amount from Forty Signs of Rain and he still would have been able to successfully convey all of his key points concerning climate change, science and politics. With that being said, this novel is generally slow-moving and it honestly took me some time to actually become intrigued. The true action portion of the novel doesn’t come till close to the end.
As for the characters, I really enjoyed that Anna’s husband, Charlie, was portrayed as a stay-at-home dad and worked from home. That is definitely something you don’t see very often. Anna herself is primarily focused on throughout the novel. She is overall a likeable character but I feel that most importantly she is relatable which adds to the notion of realism portrayed in this novel. Anna is depicted as the “ordinary hero” who can take on the tasks of being a scientist as well as a mother. Her colleague, Frank, takes the cake for being the most unlikable characters of the bunch who comes off as offensive most of the time. Ultimately, I feel that a majority of people who read Forty Signs of Rain will be anxious to continue the series.