Perfect State (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
|Length: 87 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Characterization was the only weak spot of the novel, and the characters felt real! I felt for them when (spoliers) happened, and their actions were realistic and very human.
By far the best part was the world building. The world is incredibly complex, but he makes it understandable and interesting at the same time. I can't wait for more books set in this world.
Overall a great book. I liked "Shadows for Silence" better, but I'm looking forward to another Novella in this universe just the same.
One of Sanderson's more philosophical short works. An interesting premise, and for the length, an entertaining read. Not my favorite of Sanderson's short works though.
Notes on content: A few swear words, nothing strong. The purpose of the meeting between Kai and another human is that he's been chosen to procreate, so sex is mentioned and there's some partial derobing, but in the end nothing happens. One fatal shooting is described, but due to the situations, it could be argued whether it was really a death.
I much enjoy Sanderson's tomes, er, novels, but I've come to appreciate his abilities in shorter formats, as well. The Emperor's Soul is one of my favorite stories out of his growing volume of work, and it augured that Brandon has talent even when working in a shorter medium and with a much abridged cast.
I don't want to give away too much about Perfect State since to tell too much would spoil the fun of the story. The Goodreads/Amazon summaries finish by questioning what happens when the "most important man in the world is forced to have dinner with the most important woman in the world?" It's accurate, but a bit of a red herring. The more relevant question, and why I bump this up from a three to a four, is more about what happens when technology allows us to retreat to our own echo chambers, self-created universes, and cultures? And what might happen if we can transcend those self-created obstacles?
We don't all have a deus ex machina to force us to grow (or do we?), but Sanderson's tale deftly takes the trope and uses it so plainly and obviously as to transcend it.
It's a fun, quick, and even insightful read, and it reflects Sanderson's ongoing growth and development as a writer.
The Perfect State is set in a future world where an almighty emperor, Kai, after conquering the world and whatnot, has been told he needs to go on a date and procreate. This understandably stresses him out. The novella, which I would argue is more of a short story length, is categorized as young adult. I must fall into that category because I certainly relate to people wanting you to settle down and procreate already. Poor Kai. I do not however relate to having conquered the world, after reading the book, I’m okay with my lack of world domination. It seems very stressful. Not sure I want that much responsibility.
Full Review here: http://thebookbard.com/2015/05/17/the-perfect-state-an-entertaining-fantasy-short-story/
Sanderson weaves together plot concepts familiar to readers and/or movie-goers. While some of the plot lines aren't exactly unique, Sanderson creates a wonderful amalgamation of character archetypes and plot twists from different genres that make the story seems familiar yet still fresh and exciting.
Highly recommended for Sanderson fans or fantasy fan in general for a delightful, short read!