Review of Senlin Ascends (Book Books of Babel #1)

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok so I’m torn between 3.5 and 4 stars.

I liked it well enough and certainly the last 100 pages were pretty great and helped boost my rating. I had a hard time with the beginning; not loving it. Part of it was the lack of excitement and lack of grieving at the loss Tom suffered. He handled it better than any reality and at times seemed to forget about it. Part of it was the strangeness.

Slowly, the story get not only weirder (in a good way that I was becoming familiar with) but more exciting. My indifference began to turn into like and then a stronger like. I began reflecting how well the whole thing came together and how great the writing was. I began reading faster.

I’ll be honest, I was disappointed with the end and that poor Tom didn’t find what he lost in the very beginning. I thought for sure after all the shit he went through he (and me) would be rewarded. I guess that’s why you have to read Book 2!

This book definitely played with my mind. It was unique and nothing went as expected. The betrayal, the mistrust, the coldness. It all left me a little…I don’t know. This author though, for his debut novel, has a bright future.

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