The worst part of reviewing books is trying not to spoil the ever-loving crap out of the plot. Seriously, I was only 100 pages from the end of State Tectonics (the third in the Centenal Cycle by Malka Older) and had no idea what would happen. And I can’t really tell you, because you should totally read this series and I don’t want to ruin it for you.
It’s a bit of a slow start, taking in the changes that have happened, but the tension soon ratchets up quite quickly when a marauding group is heading for the town. The type of group that takes all the children to add to their army and kills everyone else. It’s the end of Sweetwater, if the marauders succeed.
I didn’t intend to stay up to 1230 am an finish Exit Strategy, but I think once you start a Murderbot Diaries novella you are compelled to finish it. Or maybe that’s just me.
For those of you familiar with Eurovision, the plot is basically a galactic version of the terrible/wonderful spectacle that is the Eurovision song contest. Instead of deciding what beings are sentient, newly found species have to compete in the contest or have their entire species eradicated from existence. Pretty ridiculous.
The universe is basically Victorian Britain with different names. So it’s all upper class disdain, casual colonial references, and of course an overwhelming patriarchal culture. Gag.
My first impression as I was reading it on the bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing was that it was fucking weird. My final conclusion after finishing it after arriving in Beijing is that is it really fucking weird.
he setting is one we’ve seen before. It’s a word with time travel, however because history is a fickle thing, there are specially trained historians who get to do all the time travel. So far, so Doomsday Book.