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City at the Top of the World: A Cirsova Branching Path Adventure Kindle Edition
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- File size : 425 KB
- Publication date : September 23, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 71 pages
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00NMN3B3K
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,680,534 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Our protagonist is Aeryn, a girl from a desert tribe given as one of the regular tributes to a race of powerful but decadent beings who occupy the titular mountaintop city. The tale opens in her journey via airship, and she (and the reader) is immediately presented with options to explore, to fight and try to escape, or to meekly accede to her captor's commands. Each choice presents a link, and a path to either further choices, or an abrupt end.
The worldbuilding was a major interest for me, as was the history and nature of this strange city and its terrifying masters, all revealed gradually during the tale. In short, they've tapped into the power of dreams and can make dreams manifest, but what do they have to dream of?
There are numerous endings, but only two that could be described as 'good', one semi-good and one optimal ending, and which one you get depends on your choices. If Aeryn runs off half-cocked and does something foolish, the results are likely to be fatal, so too if she plays it too safe. The optimal good ending is appropriate, natural and satisfying, making me think this novel began as a short story before the author decided to take the branching paths route.
Hurrah for the return of an art form in the digital age!