Perfect State

Perfect State
by Brandon Sanderson

PerfectStateI picked up this book for $.99 during a sale as I’m a big fan of Brandon’s and was interested in this Hugo-nominated novella. At just under 50 pages, I anticipated it being a quick read, and sure enough, it only took me about 45 minutes to tear through it.

Remember Neo from The Matrix? He was ‘The One’ in the simulated reality and had god-like abilities in the matrix. Take that image then expand it to where every real person was ‘The One’ in their own, tailored version of the matrix. That’s the setting for Perfect State. Each real person is (knowingly) in an artificial world where they can conquer, rule, and control it however they see fit. The creators of these worlds, the Wode, inform the people of the illusion, and introduce a number of things which break the ‘fourth wall.’

The Wode need the real people to procreate with each other in an artificial meeting place between their artificial worlds to continue humanity’s real existence (this had a hand-wavy answer as to ‘why,’ which I didn’t find all that satisfying of an answer, but hey, it’s a novella, right?). The parties must all be willing participants, and the resulting meeting between the all-powerful, egotistical ‘gods’ of each world is quite humorous. Throw in a little bit of danger with each person’s unique ‘powers’ not working in this meeting place, and you get a surprising amount of action and intensity. There’s also a highly satisfying plot twist at the end that I didn’t see coming.

All in all, I’m impressed that Brandon Sanderson was able to pack so much into so little. But then again, he’s one of my favorite authors for a reason!

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(The sale is still going on! You can pick it up from your favorite ebook vendor here!)

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Calamity

Calamity
Book 3 of The Reckoners
by Brandon Sanderson

CalamityThe Reckoners are back! In this gripping conclusion to the series, the Reckoners realize their efforts to stop the Epics will only fail in the long-term. They must find a different way to fight back. From page 1, this book thrusts you back into the world of superheroes who are tainted by the very power they possess, and it’s a riveting tale all the way to the end.

I’m afraid that if I say anything more about the book, I will spoil something, so I’ll just say that as it ended the series, it left me quite satisfied. While the epic conclusion (see what I did there?) was just what the trilogy needed, I felt it was a tad too neatly done. I hate loose ends, but when they’re all tied up that nicely, it detracts from the immersion. And I honestly don’t even know what sort of complaint that is!

I think that if I could change one thing about the book, I’d have added a “5 years later” epilogue. And that’s all I’m going to say about it for now. As of the time I’m writing this, the book hasn’t even been out a month, and I don’t want to steal any of the joy for those who haven’t read it yet.

So I’ll just leave my rating below:

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( ) definitely won’t read again
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(x) definitely would read again

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( ) might recommend
(x) definitely would recommend