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Plague Birds, by Jason Sanford

kayemme's review

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adventurous challenging emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

waxmoronic's review

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adventurous dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

stove's review

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adventurous dark emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

ademageor's review against another edition

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adventurous dark funny mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Recently, I decided to read all the books nominated for this year's Nebula and Hugo Awards; Plague Birds was the first book I chose. I found it quite compelling: an engrossing read that kept me guessing from start to finish. It is true that some readers might find the book a little "busy." In his effort to build an immersive world of fiction, author Jason Sanford seems to have used the "kitchen sink" approach, including many different elements, any two of which might have sustained a less ambitious novel. In spite of this "busy-ness," I found that the novel's different elements fit together nicely - and they all play meaningful parts in the book's final chapters. A very satisfying read. Sanford is an author I will look for in years to come!

rcroteau's review

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3.0

Full-on action and wildly inventive world building, perfect for someone who is in the mood for "a future so distant that AI are basically magic." While I think the characters are very fun, it doesn't seem too interested in diving into deeper themes as most of the other Nebula nominees this year. Certainly a fun time though and a universe I wouldn't mind returning to in a sequel. 

mina_blakeney's review

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3.0

Thank you to NetGalley for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This sounded like something I would love, and initially, I was very interested. And then it just went downhill, the pacing was off and it felt, well not plotted enough. I couldn't immerse myself in the story and enjoy it, I struggled to understand characters and their motivations, all while the action was keeping me distracted, rather than engaged. I feel that this maybe needed some more editing since some of the ideas and approach it took to topics I really enjoyed.

tashalostinbooks's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

karebearrawr's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional funny mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

breq's review

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adventurous mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

Very cool concept and interesting plot, but unfortunately the writing just didn't hold up.  The author rushed through everything too quickly, outlining "they did this and then they did this and then that happened" rather than actually sitting with the characters.  This meant that the characters felt underdeveloped and flat, and made a lot of decisions on what seemed like a random whim.  There were also some errors; at least one incorrectly used word, and an instance where
Spoilerthe main character drinks a truth serum and then the antidote, and the truth serum is referred to by the name of the antidote at one point.  This is before the antidote is even introduced, so I'm fairly certain it's an error.
  All in all, this needed serious edits to actually be a good book

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djwudi's review

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adventurous dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

Entertaining far-future adventure with genetically engineered animal/human hybrids, AIs bonded to human hosts and used as weapons, and schemes spanning tens of thousands of years.