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Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2020
Where to begin with this book? As a long time fan of VanderMeer, I'm one to pick up anything new he publishes, but had no idea what to expect from this first YA outing. Well to be clear from the start, it's YA in style and presentation only - there's humour, and absurdity, and a fantasy setting with talking animals, but it's all wrapped around emotionally deep characters and an incredibly complex narrative that continues the same themes of authoritarian power structures and the environment that drive the majority of VanderMeer's fiction.

This is a brilliant story, reminiscent of the fantasy worlds of Walter Moer's, but with more deapth and breadth and utter insanity to keep your turning the page for the entire 650 - page wild ride.
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