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David Brown

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How was this ever nominated for an award?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-10

Quit listening after 2 hours. My book club is reading this and it seems everyone feels the same way. It starts out with super clunky exposition, all tell and no show, and while that aspect improves slightly, the story in not engaging. The characters feel cookie cutter, the protagonist's emotional swings are nonsensical , and most scenes are built around narrative convenience. All in all, it feels like a spec fiction title by someone who has never read any spec fiction. World-building is an art, but Hopkinson seems to have missed the memo. Lastly, the reader is far below the standard I've come to expect from Audible.