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A lady with a steely grasp on reality
on 3 November 2017
What I liked most about this novel was it constantly kept me guessing. It is very orignal in it's conception and for once I had no idea where I was going with it.
Babylon the titular character is a lady with a past. To begin with it seems that the mystery here is the whereabouts of a young missing girl, but it soons becomes evident that our heroine who just happens to be the owner of a brothel where her crew, the workers there are also her closest friends, has more to worry about than that.
The story is told using alternating past and present stories, weaving the young Ebi's story with the present day Babylon Steel.
Although this is set in a very alien world, it is very easy to empathsize with the characters who exhibit very human traits and root for them. I honestly found this unputdownable and look forward to the next chapter in this series and being able to see the central participants grow.