Apr 132016

Cover for Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer. A flying car in the foreground heads towards a glittering city on a massive cliffside, the orange and pink sunset glowing in the background.RT Book Review: This debut is astonishingly dense, accomplished and well-realized, with a future that feels real in both its strangeness and its familiarity. Trying to follow what goes on in this world is roughly as easy as following what’s happening in ours, but also as rewarding, with an incredibly colorful (and often ambiguous) cast of characters, truly skillful layering of plot and incident in ways that can spin your head around and a milieu pitched perfectly between utopia and dystopia that feels so complete you may be momentarily tempted to try to Google some of the fictional (future) historical figures mentioned.