- File Size: 637 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Abaddon Books (March 17, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B083ZH9V2P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This had all the hallmarks of a story that was right down my lane and I have to give all kinds of points to a great beginning that kept me quite engaged. There's also lush and vivid imagery and descriptions that made the world come alive. They have weaponized fans with biological mesh and shawls that are as beautiful as they are deadly. Corporatized families reign and lord over the underclasses and also carry out a good bit of shadiness within their rarified ranks.
Lee drops the reader right into the place and just goes with names and references and you're forced to either dive into the slipstream or GTFO. That, I found to be a strength of the story. The characters weren't ultimately as rich as I'd thought they'd be. For what seemed an interminable stretch, main character Pleo (my favourite, btw) is much discussed but missing from the stage. There's great action (wonderfully choreographed fights with broken and bloody ends) but there's also a long lull midway where I felt my interest waning a bit. The action picks up and plot moves forward at a good clip in the back 20% and then a huge moment is upon our characters and one asks "Does it end here?" only to have another reply "I hope so." Leaving this reader yelling "WTHDYM?! AYFKMRN?! THIS IS THE END?!"
So, in the end, I wound up at a three. On the upside, I'd read another by Lee. What was good was very good. In book likes this reminded me of Tangle's Game (obvs) and also Luna (because future feudalism with corporatized families).
Favourite passage (even public transport can be deadly if you are a fare evader):
He filed past two servitors hard at work, their telescopic arms spraying white foam over three bodies sprawled on the floor behind the sentry turnstiles. Three commuters had been shot dead by the turnstiles, most likely for trying to run through them. The foam generated a rising mound of streaky red and pink flurry as the bodies dissolved. "Dissolving's faster than bagging bodies up," a woman remarked from behind Marsh. "Lucky for those who die straight away." "I've seen some move," a man replied. "Heard them screaming too. The turnstiles' programmers like a bit of variety: bullets, acid sprays, even darts."