Engine City by Ken MacLeod

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Book Information  
AuthorKen MacLeod
TitleEngine City
SeriesEngines of Light
GenreScience Fiction
Book Reviews / Comments (submitted by readers)
Submitted by Mike Montgomery 
(Jul 21, 2005)

It's been some time since I read this book now, and have left this review a little late, but I'll still give it my best shot, brief as it may be.

Character Development - 10/10
As I have said in my past two reviews for Cosmonaut Keep and Dark Light, Ken Macleod's character's are among the best I have come across. They continued to astound me in this final volume, and I'm sure they will others. Much happens between them, relationships break and others are made, but still you come to love them all. They all fight for what they believe to be just, and you find yourself unable to choose a side. This is also because Macleod exposes you to all their lives throughout the book, and so you can relate to each of them with a deeper understanding. They have been among the hardest characters to let go in all my time reading. I fondly remember each of them. Thanks Ken.

Story - 10/10
With these ratings you must think I'm a die hard fan, but the truth isn't so. The story flows incredibly well, balancing out fast-paced action scenes, with slow beautiful descriptive ones. The many twists and turns take the reader through all types of unexpected journeys, constanty revealing new truths and mysteries. Ken truely is a master in both his story and character. Unfortunately it's been slightly too long since I read this to go into much story detail, but I assure you it is one of the most satisfying reads and endings I have come across in a long time.

So much is to be discovered in this book, and for people who've read the first two, it really is something special. So many threads come together, and you finish it with a deep feeling of satisfaction. So, again I thank Ken for a stunning read, and urge others to finish, or as the case may be, start this beautiful tale.

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