…. huh? In Neom | Book Review

【 NEOM 】

Rating: 1 out of 5.

I have no idea what this book was about.

Genre: Sci-Fi
Author: Lavie Tidhar
Published: November 2022
Publisher: Tachyon
Pages: 256 (paperback)

Thanks NetGalley for a copy of this for review

I went into this so excited by the premise, the cover and the setting. And then it was all downhill from there.

Perhaps I have finally stumbled across a piece of scifi that has flown far over my head, perhaps it’s just not my cup of tea. But I really didn’t enjoy this.

The setting was the only good thing for me – this, like the author’s other books, is set in a scifi-version of the middle east and I loved that. It’s something I haven’t seen in a book before and was so much fun.

But I could not find the plot of this for love nor money. It was a slow and very little happened. I don’t understand where it was going – I do see that this is a scifi commentary on the status of human beings’ ability, or lack thereof, to treat everyone equally. But ultimately this did not pack the punch I was hoping for.

So many characters, so many random POVs that aren’t revisited. So little excitement. Alas.

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