This book grabbed me from the first paragraph, and I never lost interest,
This review is from: Kiln People (Hardcover)
The premise (short-lived clones who are able to merge back with the original) is interesting, the world-building is strong, the hero is flawed but sympathetic, and additional characters are fairly well-developed. There is quite a bit of switching back-and-forth of points-of-view - but I felt that it was done successfully, without getting the reader lost in confusion.
Another reviewer has said, "This novel's leading motive is a submissive man's desire to be owned by a strong, obstinate (while caring and gentle) woman. On second reading, I began noticing this theme almost from the beginning, and it was quite disturbing."
I find this quite an interesting statement, because it does not match my perception *at all*.
- First of all, the relationship between the main character and his partner is not at all the leading motive for the novel. The mystery of whodunit-and-how-and-why is the main driver for the book.
- Secondly, the protagonist is not at all submissive, and he has no desire to be owned by his partner: instead, they have a healthy relationship based on equality and independence (and they feel no need to live in each others' pockets), though each clearly feels some ambivalence about fully committing to the other.
I would suggest that the huge difference between my perception and that of the other reviewer is due to widely differing cultural norms.
The reader *thinks* that they know more than the main character - but it's not until the end, when the clones with all the different pieces finally come together, that the reader learns the full truth.
If you like a good science-fiction mystery, you will enjoy this novel.