Jack Glass – Adam Roberts

It was a good book. Even better than a good book. Most books divided that are into different parts have two plots. One is the more immediate plot with regards to what is happening in that part of the story. The other one is more expansive. It is the plot of the entire story that connects all the different parts of the book and ties them together.

I would give this book 4 stars because there was something, I felt, that was wrong with it. At first, I couldn’t put my finger on it. However, having thought about it for a while, I think I have it figured out. It was a tad slow and the conclusions of each part were kinda soporific. Otherwise, it was great. It was sci-fi, set in the future sometime, somewhere when the Galaxy is ruled by a bunch of dictators.

Here’s what I loved about it:

The most powerful form of human life seems to be female, which I thought was so refreshing. And it kept this theme going throughout the book. It was really nice how women being the dominant gender was shown to be something that was taken for granted by the people in this book as opposed to how in our society masculinity is assumed to be the more powerful gender.

There are two whodunnits and one story told in a somewhat straightforward manner. Agatha Christie style. And we already know who the murderer is. Well, not exactly but still. What I didn’t like about it was that the three individual stories didn’t have a solid earth-shattering conclusion. By the time each separate story ended, I was like “Meh!”. For a book like this, the last star would have been earned if the conclusions had been a lot more powerful than they were. But the overall plot of the book was really, really good. There was no unnecessary B.S. in the book and even though the author chose to add something I am usually vehemently against, he did it in such a by-the-way fashion that I actually ended up wanting some more of it. Very well done.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves Agatha Christie. And, honestly, who doesn’t love Agatha Christie? So I’d recommend it to anyone really. Anyone looking for something different to read.

I think this could be a beginning to a new genre. Agatha Christie/ science fiction mashup. I believe it is unique.

Oh, and did I mention that the cover is absolutely fantabulous!? I have recently grown to love stained glass and this cover just mesmerizes me. I want a copy of this book, just so I can look at it.

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