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God's War by Kameron Hurley
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Oct 06, 14

bookshelves: 2012
Read in April, 2012

Evocative depiction of civil, internecine conflict on an alien world -- where the warring factions are much closer to each other than they realise -- but it is extremely low on plot. In fact, the book boils down to a series of chase scenes. And boxing matches. However, what makes this such a brutal and tender read at the same time is the exquisitely rendered relationship between Rhys and Nyx. I am a sucker for a great story of doomed love, and Hurley writes with incredible conviction and feeling. And then there is the bravura world-building. Hurley doesn't really explain what makes her world tick, and only drip-feeds enough detail to keep the reader from getting (too) confused: the result of this strategy is a fully-realised, totally-immersive alien environment that sucks you in completely. The attention to detail, particularly sound and smell, is fantastic. The sense of mystery, intrigue and sheer alienness is superb. This is like Dune transposed onto the current Middle East situation. Just throw in a lot of deeply disturbing insect technology. And doomed love.
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