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Spares by Michael Marshall Smith
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Apr 30, 2011

it was amazing

This novel combines two of my favorite genres: hardboiled crime noir and dark comedic dystopia. It's like a mash-up of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Never Let Me Go and Sleeper. Even though the underlying themes (cloning, police states) are terrifying, there are plenty of hilarious and settings and scenes that lend some brevity to the overall tone of the novel. For instance, in the city where most of the story takes place, there is an extreme stratification of castes, and it’s a very brutal place, but the entire city exists in the ancient ruins of a huge flying shopping mall from the past, which, in its utter ridiculousness, shows the perils of a prior society obsessed with conspicuous consumerism. Scary and funny.

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