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A Plague of Angels by Sheri S. Tepper
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Jan 24, 2010

really liked it
Read from August 10 to 28, 2010

Sheri Tepper manages to write compelling stories but laced with an almost surreal vision of mankind. I've been a huge fan of hers for some time and this book falls well in line with many of her latter books.

I think that where she hooks the reader is by throwing him into an unfamiliar world where the desire to piece together the world almost takes a greater role than the actual plot of the story. With Plague of Angels, the world seems to be our own, but one set in a far distant future after some event has left it returned back to a state of simplicity.

The story of Abasio leaving his family's farm to find a new life in the city almost immediately changes from your run of the mill fantasy novel into a sci-fi world of warring gangs and drug-addled prostitutes. Interwoven with the life of the Orphan, we are given a journey which manages to explain some of what the world has experienced.

But it is through the joining of these tales and a fight against a would-be tyrant, that Tepper manages to inject her trademark near-political opinions on society and its ills.

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