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  • not for me

    A disappointing book, in part because it just failed to live up to the sort of book I was hoping it would be. It was ok, but at the same time I struggled to care throughout and felt it a wasted opportunity. I was pleased to get to the end mostly because it meant I could move on to Children of Time, a book that in fact contained the sense of wonder that was missing from this. This is a first contact story where I just never felt that spark of excitement - such a thing doesn't sustain a whole novel but without it so much can fall flat. Okorafor can write well, really well, but seemed to avoid doing so for large parts of the book. She's a creative writing teacher so it astonished me that the structure, especially the start, was so jumpy and awkward with the POV hopping around from one paragraph to the next. it made it difficult to connect with the book while at the same time somehow drawing the focus away from the astonishing event the novel is based on. The mosaic of character POVs would have been fine but there were so many crammed into a small space I didn't care about any of them, the blend of SF and mythology was only half-committed to so you got token bits rather than a Nigerian sort of American Gods, with some first contact stuff and even some superhero-type powers for reasons that I just don't care about. it came across as trying to do so much in a small space of time and as a result, failing to do anything much.

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  • Great book

    An intriguing story set in Lagos, Nigeria, a place most of us know little about. The alien threat was very unusual and unlike that in other science fiction. The portraits of life in Nigeria, set amongst rising panic as aliens infiltrated their society, was really fascinating.

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