Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #Dystopia THE CITY BELOW THE CLOUDS by Thomas Galindo

Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs here https://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

#RBRT Review Team

Terry has been reading The City Below The Clouds by Thomas Galindo

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3.5 stars

Kalan and her younger sister, Sett, live in a climate-changed world in which every minute of every day is a struggle to survive. Kalan spends her days scrubbing infected lichen from walls of buildings, trying to earn enough for her and Sett to sleep with a roof over their heads. Life is cheap…

The premise of this book is original, inventive and interesting, and the writing itself is intelligent and evocative. Some of the characterisation is great – namely Sett and a band of itinerant scavengers, the ‘glow punks’ – but at other times I felt it came second in the author’s mind to describing the world he has created. Much of the world-building is delivered via an omniscient narrator, so it read like a newspaper article, or an introduction.   

The dialogue is mostly sharp and convincing, except for sections of inner dialogue; rather than keeping Kalan and Sett’s thoughts in the third person and writing them in ‘deep point of view’, the author has them talking to themselves, expressed in a rather clumsy first person.

To sum up, it’s an unusual and most atmospheric story and has a lot going for it, and there is no doubt that the author has talent, but I think he would benefit from studying the craft of fiction writing in order to learn more effective methods of putting his story across. It is his debut; he clearly has much potential still to be realised. 

Book description

Few things endure like fear and fungus.

In a city forever shrouded in darkness, Kalan braves the heights of the lichen covered buildings to scrub the invading fungi from the walls. What will be discovered when the secrets of The City Below the Cloud come for them?

A dystopian cyberpunk novella that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #Dystopia #ShortStory THE CITY BELOW THE CLOUD by T.S. Galindo

Today’s team review is from Sean, he blogs here https://ebookwormssite.wordpress.com

#RBRT Review Team

Sean has been reading The City Below The Cloud by T.S. Galindo

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Summary:

Set in a near-future climate change affected world, we follow the grim lives of Kalen and Sett, and their struggle to survive. There is law and order of a sort, mainly enforced by robots, but the teeming millions live right on the starvation line, life is less than cheap, and dead bodies can be turned into legitimate currency…

What I Liked:

  • I liked the build-up of the dystopia, everything is screwed but people still have to get by. Loyalties are fickle, and it is a plausible scenario.
  • The premise of the story was an excellent one.
  • There was an unexpected twist, which is central to the story, which I was surprised by.

What I Didn’t like:

  • The author lapsed into “explanation mode” for certain items, which tended to knock my suspension of belief. It also gave a slight inclination of how things were to go.
  • Some of the science/physics was just wrong, and for me took away from the story.
  • The characters were a little one-dimensional, but in the case of one I could see what that would be.

Overall:

It is a quick read, and I believe is set up to have at least a sequel, if not a trilogy. I think it is aimed at a young teen audience, and would be a nice primer/taster for entry-level reading, to get someone interested in the genre. For me, there would need to be greater plot development, character definition, and a greater sense of tension/frustration/suppression buildup.

Book description

Few things endure like fear and fungus.

In a city forever shrouded in darkness, Kalan braves the heights of the lichen covered buildings to scrub the invading fungi from the walls. What will be discovered when the secrets of The City Below the Cloud come for them?

A dystopian cyberpunk novella that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew.

AmazonUK | AmazonUS

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