A review by hitsu
The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin


I'm still very new to sci-fi and I picked this one primarily because of the story's fame as a gender subversive work. That part I really enjoyed, particularly when I imagine how revolutionary the concepts of a (mostly) genderless population must have been at the time when the novel was published, but everything else just felt distinctly underwhelming. The plot felt bland and predictable, the characters failed to persuade me of their motives and - most puzzling - the whole revolutionary idea of a genderless humanoid race observed by a human man and all the potential such a concept carried barely influenced the story beyond a few laconic descriptions of their differences.