I'm currently behind on reviews, so don't be surprised if the recent reviews are a bit sparse.

The Scar

Cover of The Scar.

The Scar is the second volume of Chine Miéville‘s Bas-Lag series, and it’s as impressive as the first one. Only very loosely connected, we now explore the wider Bas-Lag world instead of New Crobuzon. Again, China Miéville excells with implicit worldbuilding, forcing the reader to think along and ahead (though there’s less culture shock included than in Perdido Street Station).

I enjoyed that I was most of the time not cheering for the protagonist and her view of the world, and did not like her particularly, without hating her either. All characters were very morally ambiguous, nearly none just likeable. Same for the story – there was never a clear-cut villain, or a predictable course (for example: not all of the likeable characters got simply killed off). As I spend most of my reviews arguing for exactly this – morally ambiguous characters, implicit and clever worldbuilding, no Good v Evil – I was very pleased with this book. At no time it felt like something groundbreaking, but it definitely is a very good book, and I’m looking forward to the final work in the trilogy.