November 14th, 2017

Sierra Nevada

My review of "Too Like the Lighting" by Ada Palmer (via Goodreads)

Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota, #1)Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off: this book gets four stars because it ends on a cliffhanger. You have to read the sequel to find out what happens. I wish books would be more upfront about how long they really are so I can decide if I have enough time to invest in them. I feel misled.

If this book were stand-alone, it would get five stars for originality and plot twists. In a far future, in what soon proves to be a deeply flawed society that thinks it’s a utopia, the main point of view character, Mycroft Canner, has secrets. You learn some of them right away, and they’re bad enough, but about halfway through you discover just how much he’s been lying to you. And you learn how much everyone has been lying to each other, and how this world is led by a morally repugnant elite, which includes Mycroft.

The story-telling style could be called “baroque”: ornate, extravagant, complex, and irregular. At times Mycroft will even debate with you, the reader. Be prepared for a large cast of characters and long-winded philosophical discussions, both of which sometimes tested my patience or attention span. But I really enjoyed the novel. I just wish I knew how it ended.

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-- Sue Burke