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Inverted World by Christopher Priest
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Feb 23, 2011

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bookshelves: sci-fi, partial-review
Read from August 26 to September 01, 2011 , read count: 1

To describe this book is no easy task. It is the story about Helward Mann, a guildsman in the making who have hopes of joining the Futures guild. He is also an inhabitant of the city Earth, which is constantly moving forward towards something they call the Optimum. From here on, it becomes increasingly difficult to tell you what the book is about without explaining too much, so perhaps I should just tell you a bit about how it felt reading the book instead.

The book is a little slow in the beginning, but mostly because you've been told that it has one of the "trickiest endings imaginable". Who can really enjoy the beginning when he is thinking about the ending? However, halfway through, the book begins to open up its closed weird universe and you begin to enjoy not only what is to come, but also what has gone before and especially the characters.

However, the ending still lurks and I couldn't help but keep thinking about it. By the end, I had a thousand possible endings, so yes... the book could only disappoint me, and in a way... it did. The ending is revealed (or is it) on the very last pages and then there is the void. The one thing that I really appreciated, though, was that we were allowed to follow Helward Mann to the very end. As the book changed perspective so many times, I was beginning to question who would finish it.

Inverted World is probably a much better book than I think right now, but at the moment, the ending feels a little unfulfilling and empty. I think, maybe I would have enjoyed one of my own endings much better...

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Reading Progress

08/26/2011 page 116
38.0% "Yep, I am captivated by this one! The end intrigues me."
08/29/2011 page 218
72.0% "Amazing, and I don't even like math that much..."
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