Reviews of Ring Around the Sun (1952)
Review by timelode (2004-11-24)
Ring Around the Sun is a fun mystery novel as well as an excellent work of sci-fi. Jay Vickers finds himself as a central figure in the midst of sweeping economic changes caused by gadgets like the car that never needs repair or replacement, everlasting light bulbs, and everlasting razor blades. Who is making these things and why? Whole families are disappearing without a trace. Why? Jay's encounters with mutants cause him to question his own origins. A childhood dream about a top and a mysterious girl, the only one he's ever loved, continue to haunt him. He somehow knows this is all connected and he's sure he should already have the answers he seeks.
Like other Simak novels, this one starts off very confusing. Right away, Simak throws out nearly all the characters and a lot of information that seems to have no relationship. But that's one of things that make his novels appealing. As a reader, I couldn't put this down because I had to know how Simak was going to tie it all together. I really had to know the answers. Simak uses parallel worlds, mutants, robots, intrigue, and strange occurrences to lead the reader on a fast paced adventure to finding the answers to Jay Vickers' questions. One of my favorite Simak novels, I highly recommend it.