Review: The Hive Construct by Alexander Maskill

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Publisher: Random House

Publishing Date: August 2015

ISBN: 9780552170383

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.8/5

Publisher Description: Situated deep in the Sahara Desert, New Cairo is a city built on technology—from the huge, life-giving solar panels that keep it functioning in a radically changed, resource-scarce world to the artificial implants that have become the answer to all and any of mankind’s medical problems.

Review: I really tried to like this but the characters were fairly one dimensional and the story line was meh. The characters are mired in a story line that combines political angst, rebelliousness set in an unidentifiable future. I still don’t know, really, what New Cairo looks like. There is definitely a weird “social justice” vibe to this novel, although I liked that the existing government is slowly taking away the freedoms of the people. Art mirroring reality and all that.  The writing is good but the story line sabotages itself.

 

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