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The characters were distinct I felt I got a good glimpse of this not too distant future.
I subtracted one star for a couple reasons. There are multiple points of view throughout the book. For the first two-thirds I was into it. But towards the end it felt like too many new characters' perspectives being added. The ending as well, was mysterious (which I typically like) but bordered on vague for me. Since this is just the first in series, though, it's not a deal breaker. I'm certainly curious to check out book two. And that should tell you something!
The Seeds of Winter has everything I love in a good scifi. Interesting and thought-provoking plot, credible world-building, likeable characters, and smooth narrative. I loved Ailith, but the badguy Oliver is probably my favorite. He's the best-written villain I've read in a long time. He's not an Evil Cardboard Cut-Out, but rather just a despicable human being. I couldn't outright hate him though because he was intelligent and made good arguments about why his manipulations were justified. I actually loved every moment with him because he was so fascinating. I really want to see what happens to this character in the end. The story itself is fast-paced and captivating - also brutal and gritty with a good dose of future shock, but that's what I love about dystopias.
I love serious themes in books, but I dislike books that clobber me in the head with an Important Message. I was delighted to see that the author knows how to handle deep topics brilliantly, without preaching and without weighing down the plot. And this book is full of deep topics. Where's the dividing line between man and machine? Is becoming a machine the next step in human evolution? Should we hold on to traditions or rather change and adapt? There's so much food for thought, and yet it's so well integrated the book never ceased to be entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the first book in the Artilect War-series and I can't wait to read the next part!
I beta read this book and voluntarily decided to write a review.
This was a very exciting sci-fi debut about a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by humans, cyborgs, and others, fighting for survival. The switching POVs made things a bit confusing at first, but once I got used to it, I couldn't stop reading. It ends on a huge cliffhanger, though, so be prepared for that!
Would recommend. :D
This is a complex novel, covering a lot of different events from many different viewpoints. It's a challenge the author has overcome, with wonderful style, as the story is engaging and easy to read, despite the complexity. It's not easy to predict how the story unfolds, but as it unfolds, all the elements make sense.
I eagerly look forward to reading the rest of the series!
I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book for an honest review.