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The Drowning City by Amanda Downum
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Sep 11, 13

Read from August 26 to September 11, 2013

Again, I wish Goodreads had a slightly more granular rating system, because this novel is a very solid 3.5.

Amanada Downum's debut is more of everything than I was honestly expecting-- more strongly executed, more vividly described, more willing to blow anything and everything sky-high in a startling climax. Not many first-time novelists are willing to smash an intricate setting, but Downum fuses confidence with unpredictability and goes for the gusto in her last act. The Drowning City is an intriguing blend of espionage, murder mystery, culture clash, and colonial criticism. Some of the moral argument loses its tension when one of the story's factions drops all pretense of restraint and goes on a kill-crazy rampage, but as far as first-novel problems go that's a mild blemish. This is a brisk, well-calculated and atmospheric novel; I wish I'd read it sooner.
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