By: Adam Sternbergh
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book to review. As is my policy with books that I receive for review, if I don’t like it, I don’t review it.
I don’t even know how best to start with this review. The book is excellent. I could just leave it at that and let you read it to find out. But, that doesn’t leave much for you to decide whether you really want to read it or not. It’s a sci-fi novel with a heavy dystopian bent. It tickles all the little post-apocalypse tinglers in my brain. It’s somehow a mix of the dark world of Blade Runner, with a heavy dose of The Matrix-like artificial reality and cross it all up with your favorite crime thriller.
It’s a mix of all that, and it’s terribly good. I read it in under a week, which probably is a bit slow for some of you, but with my reading habits, that’s about twice as fast as normal. There were several nights where I picked up my reader and lost total track of what time it was. Which made for some long mornings, but, as any reader will attest to, getting lost in a book like that is the ultimate joy.
I really don’t know what else I can really tell you about the book without giving away parts of the plot. Suffice to say, it’s a really good book. About a garbage man turned hit man. And a whole lot more. The future New York City is gritty and dark and sufficiently rooted in the current world to still have some realistic weight.
Give Shovel Ready a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.