The Scar begins with Miéville's frantic heroine, Bellis Coldwine, fleeing her beloved New Crobuzon in the peripheral wake of events relayed in Perdidio Street Station. But her voyage to the colony of Nova Esperium is cut short when she is shanghaied and stranded on Armada, a legendary floating pirate city. Bellis becomes the reader's unbelieving eyes as she reluctantly learns to live on the gargantuan flotilla of stolen ships populated by a rabble of pirates, mercenaries, and press-ganged refugees. Meanwhile, Armada and Bellis's future is skippered by the "Lovers," an enigmatic couple whose mirror-image scarring belies the twisted depth of their passion. To give up any more of Miévilles masterful plot here would only ruin the voyage through dangerous straits, political uprisings, watery nightmares, mutinous revenge, monstrous power plays, and grand aspirations.
Miéville's skill in articulating brilliantly macabre and involving descriptions is paralleled only by his ability to set up world-moving plot twists that continually blow away the reader's expectations. Man-made mutations, amphibious aliens, transdimensional beings, human mosquitoes, and even vampires are merely neighbors, coworkers, friends, and enemies coexisting in the dizzying tapestry of diversity that is Armada. The Scar proves Miéville has the muscle and talent to become a defining force as he effortlessly transcends the usual clichés of the genre. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The characters are brilliantly written and act upon a world stage that is breathtaking in its scope.
And in Uther Doul, Mieville creates a supporting character who is more interesting than the lead, but who seems to have stepped in from another story altogether.
I liked the book ... The problem is that the Kindle software for Android doesn't display it correctly (the pages are too narrow).
This book is basically second in the trilogy of <b>Bas Lag</b> and if you were amazed by <b>Perdido street station</b>, I think you will love this book too. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sumant
China Mieville’s world of Bas-Lag is a strange, fascinating, massive place. THE SCAR, the second of Mieville’s trio of Bas-Lag novels, starts the story in New Crobuzon, where... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B R Sanders
I just finished it last night and it's a tough, but rewarding, read. It seems to break all the rules: Don't have an unlikable protagonist, don't have pages and pages of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas F. Howard
I really enjoyed Perdido Street Station, but this story took a lot of work to get through. It was mostly boring with a completely terrible ending.Published 2 months ago by Phillip A Swanson II
I thought this was better than Perdido Street Station. Interesting story. I liked the main character even though some reviews I've read didn't care for her. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BadBlue
It was a little slow getting started, but then all of Mieville's stuff seems to be that. But once it gets rolling, it is wildly inventive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I lived with this book for almost a year. The prose is thick & complicated, as is all of Mieville's works, but ultimately rewarding because of the alternate worlds he creates so... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Norbert Jones
before you read the rest of this, do yourself a favor and read this book. in fact, i heartily suggest reading all the bas-lag stories by mieville. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joshua Sowders
As always, China Mieville, manages to get you hooked in his alternative reality from the get-go. Characters are slowly drawn out, the narrative is solid and the unexpectedness of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tripsych