Things I liked: -The protagonist, Flynne, is awesome. Just generally a kickass straightforward indepenThis was a tricky book that I *mostly* enjoyed.
Things I liked: -The protagonist, Flynne, is awesome. Just generally a kickass straightforward independent woman. Gibson writes women really well, in my opinion, and this book is no exception. -The plot is exciting and makes you want to keep going to figure out what the hell is going on. -as with all Gibson books, the glory is in the details. There was obviously a ton of thought put in to fleshing out a believable and intricate alternate world. Highlights include Ash's tattoos - living drawings of animals on her skin that run and hide to her back when encountering strangers (creepy and charming at the same time); the "cosplay zones" and assembled landscape of London, and of course all the cool tech stuff.
Things I didn't like so much: -it's really tough to keep up with what's going on, especially at the beginning. I stuck with it because I liked Flynne, and I was intrigued about where it was going, but I did have to make a list in the back to keep up with all the characters and neologisms. If you imagination and interest isn't sparked in the first 50 pages I seriously doubt you'll enjoy getting through the rest of this. -there are aspects given way too much attention and others that I would have liked to see more fleshed out. The assemblers, the patchers, the cosplay zones, Daedra/Aelita and their family (and the reasons they do the things they do), Hamed, etc. None of these aspects were given enough attention for my liking. This is also a testament to Gibson's ability to carve out cool concepts. If these things/people weren't so interesting and pivotal to the conclusion then I wouldn't complain about their underdevelopment, but they are REALLY cool and end up being REALLY important, so I'm confused as to why more time wasn't spent developing these awesome concepts. If this is another trilogy I'm hoping these aspects are given more time. -the conclusion just...happens, really quick, and then you're left kind of confused and given a sweet ending that isn't really congruent with the rest of the book. Anti-climatic to say the least.
It would be cool to see Flynne again. I'm hoping for another book in these worlds.
There were parts of this that I enjoyed, but I feel like it lagged a lot. Was this an attempt to build tension? I'm not sure but it didn't work for meThere were parts of this that I enjoyed, but I feel like it lagged a lot. Was this an attempt to build tension? I'm not sure but it didn't work for me. I started to skim sections before realizing that getting through this felt more like a chore than an enjoyable experience. This was mostly because I hated all of the characters, and I really don't feel that they were complex enough to warrant that much meandering backstory. Each one of those boys is worse than the next. And there is a complete absence of empathy or humanity in this whole story. I like horror but I can only deal with so many descriptions of animal and human torture. If there is a some redemption to be found at the conclusion, I certainly don't the patience to get there. ...more