- Series: The Oversight (Book 2)
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (August 18, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316279544
- ISBN-13: 978-0316279543
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Paradox (The Oversight) Paperback – August 18, 2015
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"Those already familiar with this world will be delighted, and newcomers will eagerly lose themselves in this utterly imaginative fantasy."―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Paradox
"A teeming world of dark deeds and dark magics, brilliantly realized. This feels like the start of something amazing."―M. R. Carey on The Oversight
"A thoughtfully dense, fully realized construct.... Best of all, you never know where it's going next. As good as or better than the opener. Grab."―Kirkus
"Fletcher's Victorian London is juicily vivid, and laced with macabre wit. There's a real sense of grim danger, both natural and unnatural, hungrily awaiting the slightest mis-step."―Frances Hardinge on The Oversight
"I couldn't stop reading... It really is a richly atmospheric and intensely readable slice of Victoriana: gothic as all get out, with a splendidly eerie sense of the way the unearthly lies cheek-by-jowl with the mundane. Cheerable goodies, grotesque baddies: the whole book is adventurous and flavorsome and gripping. I really enjoyed it."―Adam Roberts on The Overight
"Utterly enthralling: Charles Dickens meets Susanna Clarke."―Lou Morgan on The Oversight
"I'll certainly be reading the next one."―Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net on The Oversight
"It's oh so moreish a morsel. I'd read a prequel this evening, a sequel as soon as."―Niall Alexander, Tor.com on The Oversight
"A trilogy worth sinking your teeth into."―SciFi Now on The Oversight
"The second book can't come soon enough."―Booklist (Starred Review)
About the Author
Charlie Fletcher is the author of the internationally acclaimed Stoneheart trilogy. He also writes for film, television and as a newspaper columnist. Charlie lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two children.
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Author Fletcher's writing is so tight, rich, and engrossing that upon finishing this second book in the Oversight series, I had a hard time reading other books afterwards. The difference in writing chops was just too apparent with otherwise good books. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing and certainly I greatly look forward to the third book.
Story: With the Oversight veering ever closer to extinction, there are those who question whether the organization is too far compromised toward the humans to even be useful any more. Sarah and Mr. Sharp are trapped in the mirrors, the Smith has secrets of his own, Hodge is blinded, and Cook is trying to keep them all together. And while Charlie blindly trusts, Lucy is suspicious of them all. Enter a lost boy who can communicate in his mind with others, souls lost within the mirrors hindering Sarah and Mr. Sharp, a cocky Irish lass who hunts the supernatural, and a minion who may just have the perfect plan to finally destroy the Oversight. The supernatural elements may have the perfect storm to claim Dickensian London for their own.
I have never been a fan of multiple POVs - I can respect an author who can bring them all together in the end but I am usually frustrated for most of the book until I get there. But Fletcher's precise writing keeps the POVs tight and concise - they don't drag and they naturally push or pull the character right into the main plot neatly. It's the mark of an excellent writer than I was never frustrated when one POV ended and another began. Each change was at an appropriate place and without the usual nagging cliffhangers. But more importantly, it was obvious while reading why the characters were important to the main plot - no one felt random and waiting to become important at the end.
I had worried that the mirror scenes would drag and be too surreal to be interesting. What a surprise, then, that those scenes were among the most interesting in the book. The situations that Sarah and Sharp encounter are distinct, unique, and completely unexpected. As well, their mirror travels mark important worldbuilding and plot points that further the mystery while also answering important questions from the first book.
Yes, the Paradox continues to be very dark - perhaps even dreary. As fitting the London of that era, the supernatural elements are seamlessly bound to the world and feel as organic as the smokestacks and railroad tracks. The entire series feels very real in that regard - the characters are nuanced and entirely believable in their foibles, weaknesses, and of course abilities and strengths. There are no mustache-twirling evil baddies, insipid romantic cliches, or over reliance on the supernatural to get characters out of (or into) trouble. Decisions are made based upon logic and experience - not deus ex machina plotting.
If the Paradox suffers on one account, it is that this is very much a bridge book. There are definitive arcs that finish here, several echoing the events of the first book. But where this book really excels is the riveting depth of the world explored and expanded upon - and of course the pervasive sense that the Oversight are in for one very nasty battle of survival in the final book.