3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Novel about American dystopian future, can be recommended due to its style and theme,
This review is from: On Such a Full Sea (Hardcover)
"On Such a Full Sea" a novel written by Chang-rae Lee is a story about the American dystopian future, made in beautiful style, but at a slightly lower level of quality due to the pace that makes some parts of novel a bit too slow to go through.
In a future Baltimore, now called B-Mor, reader will see the divided world - on one side the small and privileged Charter Villages placed outside the city, on the other side former city that was transformed to production settlement.
There Chinese refugees were placed when in the past many parts of China became unsuitable for life and now their descendants are working and living to fish and produce food for those new elite.
A story that is actually a legend is told from the third mysterious person perspective - at its beginning reader will meet main character, a female named Fan, who is fish-tank diver that will leave her home when the man she loves will disappear. She will embark on a dangerous and uncertain journey, not giving up until she finds the truth, and through her voyage the reader will learn about the future world characterized by crime and the dangers until she will reach remote locations of which she had previously only heard stories...
The novel premise is excellent, because most readers who love science fiction also like to read about dystopian visions of the world especially if you have such interesting and convincing imaginary world like this author managed to create.
The only thing that makes it slightly less enjoyable and separates it from the excellent rating is the plot development around the middle of the novel when the activities will become a bit too slow and often it seems as if the author deliberately prolonged action in order for novel to obtain extensiveness.
The author's nice style enables reader to enjoy in sequences of beautiful sentences without author repeating himself, that won't result in readers' fatigue, but inevitably will lead to a slowdown in the pace making those less patient readers might think about putting a novel back on the shelf. But if a novel is given a chance to finish, just as it has managed to surprise throughout its duration, reader will be surprised with its ending.
Therefore, this new novel by Chang-rae Lee, the author that with its writing stepped out in a completely different genre can be fully recommended due to its style and theme but in the moments when events will become a bit slow don't give up because the novel is worth for reader to come to its end.