Book Review: The City & the City

Sci-Fi/Crime/Literary

5 Stars

 

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Wow, that was different. A murder mystery set in two cities that somehow exist partly on top of/within each other, where the people of both are not allowed to ‘see’ each other, lest they activate Breach—a ‘force’ which makes them disappear.

Kind of reminds me of some of the more fantastic sci-fi of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s (Planet of the Apes, Logan’s Run, Soylent Green, The Stepford Wives), but written far better and with a much more modern and almost ‘literature-like’ feel to it.

It is quite hard to understand at the beginning—understandably—and thus a little difficult to get into. But after about the 100th page, things start falling into place and you start to get interested. The mystery of what is Breach itself. The additional mystery of Orciny—what is rumoured to be a third city.

I do enjoy weirdness when it’s done well. Very creative. This surpassed my expectations.

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