Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Alif the Unseen G Willow Wilson

Published by Corvus Books in the UK this is a magical mystery book with wow factor.

Alif the Unseen is a computer hacker working for anyone who doesn't work for the government enabling freedom of speech. He's also quite nifty as a programmer.

Because of the programming I found it quite handy that I understood the bulk of the terminology surrounding the computing side of the story. However this book is much more than this taking us on a rollercoaster ride through an alternate world- think Never Ending Story meets Harry Potter meets Indiana Jones. Got it?

With unusual beings, unusual skills and a love story or two thrown into the mix this one provides something for just about everyone. Suitable for adults and teenagers alike the descriptive skills are excellent when dealing with the parallel world. Personally I loved the dry humour of the religious leader :)

As well as the entertainment of the book there's an element of "this is what it's really like under censorship and for women" running through it, illustrating choice as being freedom to choose burqah or not.

Well worth a read even if it doesn't sound like your usual type of read.

The decider- would I read another book by this author? Yes

If you want to read this one next, tweet me @nneerraakk

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