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Company Town by Madeline Ashby
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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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Reading Progress

April 7, 2016 – Shelved
April 7, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
July 29, 2016 – Started Reading
August 17, 2016 – Finished Reading

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin I freaking loved this book! I bought it as soon as it came out after reading it from netgalley :-)

Gary Melissa wrote: "I freaking loved this book! I bought it as soon as it came out after reading it from netgalley :-)"
I loved it too! But it took we awhile to process my reaction to the book - I finished it almost two weeks before posting this review. This author makes so many bold, audacious choices my head was spinning. A few of those choices I couldn't get behind, but even then I admired her gutsiness in making them.

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin I know what you mean :-) I'm glad you were still able to love it. She just went balls to the walls with it all!

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