Gary's Reviews > Company Town
Apr 07, 2016
Company Town is a very busy and insanely ambitious novel. It stuffs about a dozen different hot button SFnal concepts - each one usually enough to support a story on its own - into a whacked out futuristic serial killer thriller. The world-building in Company Town is so mind-blowingly dense it literally burrows its way into the characters' bodies and hollows them out from the inside. I don't know how to describe what a crazy mess this book is and still convince you to read it; the plotting is so frantic and loopy it constantly feels like it's trying (and failing) to get out of its own way; the last act reads like the entire science fiction genre is having a panic attack. It's like the author set out to write a good old-fashioned crackerjack story but couldn't stop sledgehammering every page with her id. The fact that it doesn't quite live up to its ambitions is more a testament to the sheer moxy of its ambitions than to its shortcomings. A must-read for SF fans, even if reactions to it are likely to be polarizing.
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