I’m a huge fan of Alastair Reynolds and his smart, exciting space operas. So I was surprised to find that his book Terminal World was a surreal steampunk adventure.
Unfortunately, it’s not a great book. The world-building is fun and imaginative, but the main character drifts through a strange world while relying on stronger, more active characters to repeatedly save his bacon. This passivity made it difficult for me to really get into the story. The plot also felt a little spineless, wobbling from one quest to another.
So I was ticked off to find the book, after over 400 pages, ends without resolving several important storylines. It felt as if it was the first book in a planned trilogy, but it’s a standalone.