|Print List Price:||$16.99|
Save $7.00 (41%)
Price set by seller.
Everfair: A Novel Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Kindle Feature Spotlight
|Length: 384 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Add the Audible book for a reduced price of $7.49 when you buy the Kindle book.
Try Kindle Countdown Deals
Explore limited-time discounted eBooks. Learn more.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
It’s just hard to follow.
That could be because instead of one viewpoint character, or even two or three (see most epics), or five or six (think Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan), we’ve got eleven. They are well-written and unique and fun to read—but even so I struggle to remembered who each one was and what had happened last time we met them.
Add to that some significant time jumps—the book takes place over twenty years, and sometimes a year or more has passed since we last followed a particular character—and they’re in a new place, and a lot politically has happened since then. Technology itself leaps forward—we go from steam tractors to fast dirigibles in the space of a chapter or two, in which the main settlement has also been attacked and had to retreat somewhere else to caves, and we’ve switched character heads…
You get the idea. Really cool stuff is happening, but instead of a single story Everfair feels like six or eight novellas shuffled together. It expects a lot of the reader, and much as I’m ready for mental leaps, for imaginative stretches—that’s part of why we love fantasy—at a certain point the readability gets in the way of the awesome. And bottomline, I found myself less excited to return to Everfair than other books I was reading at the time, despite all the things it has going for it.
So take this for what you will. If you love historical fantasy/steampunk, really diverse casts of characters, or are interested in steampunk imagining some of the wrongs of Leopold’s Congo righted, this book will be worth the work. If that all sounds good, but you’re looking for a book to draw you in rather than having to pull yourself in, it might not be the one.
Read more reviews and see the Top Ten for recent Fantasy at [...]
Spoiler-free warning: the ending is not a neat and tidy package. If you can't stand books that don't wrap up everyone's story arc, you may feel frustrated.
But "Everfair" is a plodding and rather confusing novel. The book focuses almost entirely on about a half-dozen characters who come to have key leadership roles in the new state, but all but ignores the thousands of others living in the vast territory. There is a lot about the personal relationships between these founders, and a good deal about the steampunk technological boom in Everfair, but not a lot about life in the emerging state itself.
AH purists may enjoy it, but for others, it's a tough read.
Shawl is obviously a big fan of Octavia Butler and has based her writing style on such works as the relentlessly paced "Mind of My Mind". In that book, Butler completely reshapes society around a genetic mutation, showing the reader the step by step transformation, sacrificing character development and depth for the sake of scope. It works because Butler is writing science fiction and throwing out new and exciting ideas with every chapter. "Everfair" promises to do that for a historical setting but fails to deliver in the same way. The much touted setting, the Congo Free State, is never explored. The somewhat scanty Wikipedia page offers more information on the subject and presents a more harrowing and human read. So what we have is simply a fast paced blur of nothing much. Chapters go on for about 3 pages a piece and present us with brief scenes disconnected from any kind of context that would allow us to grow attached to the characters or setting. At one point a character is killed and we are meant to see this as a capital T Tragedy because she is in love, even though said character has spoken less than a dozen lines of dialogue and gone from a child to a young woman entirely off stage. The gadgetry that forms the backbone of the steampunk genre is completely nondescript and does nothing to impact the situation much one way or the other; meaning the book fails on every single front. I can't imagine who this book was written for or anyone who might truly have enjoyed it as anything more than a stylistic exercise.