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Epic, exciting, violent, strange- read it,
This review is from: Echo City (Paperback)
Echo City is one of those books I picked up because I loved the title. Simple as that. I'm not a fantasy or sci-fi reader, but after reading the synopsis, I was intrigued. Then, after reading it, I was thrilled, because it's everything a good sci-fi fantasy book should be, with all the elements that make an exciting story(though not arbitrarily included): horror, action, violence, technology, genetics...
Lebbon has created a fascinating world here- a city that is so well realised you can almost smell it; a cast of characters who you immediately relate to and an ominous menace which changes the book from being a world- building epic to a frenetic race against time.
The middle section does go on a little too long, but it more than makes up for it with a seriously thrilling climax. If you haven't read much sci-fi fantasy then I'd suggest Lebbon is a great place to start. I've often been put off fantasy works because the writer spends 500 pages describing the weather and architecture; Lebbon doesn't allow that to happen. He builds this universe brilliantly, but he never lets it take over the story.
This book reminds me of Twelve Monkeys, though I'm not sure exactly why (probably the tech and colour of the environments), but in style and tone, it's totally unique and I highly recommend it.