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Thirteen by Richard K. Morgan
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Aug 13, 2007

really liked it

There's been a lot of talk in the last several years about the deep, even, and almost polar divide that exists between segments of the US. This divide is largely political, but the political aspect of it merely reflects the ideological core. Combine a very plausible application of this rift with economic and globalization factors, add the exponential increase of technology, and let it bake for a hundred years, give or take, and you get Thirteen.

Richard K. Morgan's newest novel is, for all intents and purposes, a detective story, and the plot follows the detective story rhythm. However, many of Morgan's other novels have been called "genre-bending" (by the NY Times Book Review, if you need a source) and the term would definitely apply here. Thirteen is not simply a detective story set in the future, because the elements of the plot that work rely on the futuristic setting to keep going. Indeed, the setting in this book is as distinct and well-developed, and as integral, as any of the characters. And that's saying something.

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