11 May 2017

Review: Ninefox Gambit

Ninefox Gambit Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the sci-fi “it book” of the moment, getting all the award attention and all the hype.

Reading this on my Kindle, I got it pretty early on – the book just immerses you into this universe immediately and expects you to catch up and catch on by yourself, and I have a lot of respect for that. Then the plot, for me, came to a screeching halt and any reasons I had to care for what was going on was gone. This book ultimately tries to straddle the line between a few science fiction genres, and I do wonder if I’d appreciate this more if I hadn’t read so much in the genre up to this point, but it gets bonus points from the sci-fi intelligentsia for a lot of reasons thus the awards excitement.

This wasn’t bad, but I can’t say it was especially good, either, and had more flaws than positives for me on a whole due to some rough plot construction and an inability, for me, to follow through with the early potential. I can list off dozens of science fiction books better worth your time on a whole. Closer to a 2.5.

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