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“Tough luck for elected officials. The beast you see got 50 eyes”



This book was suggested to me because I was looking for something in the vein of William Gibson and it definitely fit the bill. Malka Older’s debut novel is a smart, fast-paced science fiction novel with tons of political intrigue and lots of action. Also there’s two more in the series that I can’t wait to get my hands on and read.

The story takes place in the not too distant future. Nation states no longer exist and have been replaced by microdemocracies which can be as small as a few city blocks. The corporate Heritage party has held the supermajority (the party holding the largest number of microdemocracies) for the last two election cycles and things are getting hectic as the next election approaches. The story focuses mainly on three characters: Ken an earnest employee for the Policy1st party who is looking to advance his career, Domaine an operative working against microdemocracies who alternates between cool and unbearably smug and Mishima, a highly skilled operative for Information (the internet,but even more pervasive) who I absolutely loved. Mishima is a smart badass woman who was so much fun to read. I automatically perked up for the Mishima chapters.

Older drops you right into the story and you have to figure it out as you go along. The plot moves quickly and there are a lot of moving parts but they all come together towards a deeply satisfactory ending. This could have been a stand alone book so I’m really excited to see where the next two are headed plot-wise.

Especially if my girl Mishima is there.

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