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Cover of Ninefox Gambit.

Ninefox Gambit

author: Yoon Ha Lee (2016)
series: The Machineries of Empire #1
date read: 2019-03-31
pages: 384
lists: scifi
rating: β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜† β˜†

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee was a lot of fun, but at the same time frustrating. The writing, pacing, and characters are very well done, but the worldbuilding … it’s frustrating how much potential it has. With some work, this could have been a book opening up a great universe, but it felt like the author cut short all the worldbuilding work they should have done on their end, and instead substituted “what I say goes” rules for an inner logic in that world, making decisions and outcomes feel kind of random. I like being dropped in a weird and unfamiliar world, having to figure things out on my own – but I get grumpy if it turns out that there’s nothing to figure out, because the author makes up the rules as the action goes along.