K.D. Rose’s review
Oct 28, 15
I give this book four and a half stars. The book kept me reading. It moved me more than once. It’s full of imagination and details, oh the details! I hung on every word. This is not a book where you want to gloss over description. But you don’t have to force yourself to read his description. His mind takes you over the hills and valleys like a 747. A 747 viewing a dystopian Dali-Escher landscape with some Lord of the Flies thrown in.
It’s merits compared to other 4 or 5 star books? I don’t know- that’s why I hate the stupid star system. Every book deserves a write-up. Within that is the meat of how good a book is.
Here’s my problem. I actually grew confused at first even going in knowing it was short stories and a novella, thinking that I was reading the same character in the second story (I know, I know, it’s even a different name) but there’s a reason for this: all and I mean every single one of his protagonists have the exact same voice. Everything else is different about them but the voice, be it Saunder’s voice or one he created for the book, is exactly the same. And that gave them exactly the same personality too. That is the deficit of this book. Compare voice to things like Spoon River Anthology and you’ll get what I mean.
I think it would have worked better as a full book with just odd chapters titled clearly about the different characters/stories. But it was amazing and dystopian to a tee and most important: I got something from reading it. And here’s the thing- it *is* an original voice. I *want* to read a whole book in that voice. But it is one and only one voice. Period.