Book Review: The Vanished Birds A Novel by Simon Jimenez


Publishing Date: January 2020

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 9780593128985


Rating: 4.2/5

Publisher’s Description: A mysterious child lands in the care of a solitary woman, changing both of their lives forever in this captivating debut of connection across space and time. “This is when your life begins.” Nia Imani is a woman out of place and outside of time. Decades of travel through the stars are condensed into mere months for her, though the years continue to march steadily onward for everyone she has ever known. Her friends and lovers have aged past her; all she has left is work. Alone and adrift, she lives only for the next paycheck, until the day she meets a mysterious boy, fallen from the sky.

Review: I don’t know what to say. Astounding writing for someones first novel. This writer weaves a complex tale that spans lifetimes while revolving around the same characters. Fascinating and wholly absorbing from start to semi-finish.


“So why you no give 5 stars!!!”. While the story line moves at a pace that drives evolving characterization, the ending just plane sucked. There is this long build to become something greater and evolve within the universe that is never realized. The fail at culminating everything into a solid crescendo left no room in appreciating what came before. Like, what was the point?

So here’s to Jimenez for building one of the finest SciFi novels I have read in a long time. And also a poke in the eye for ruining it in a matter of pages. What a D-bag.

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