Masterful local sci-fi

2010-10-27 00:00

I HAVE yet to come across a bad review of this book and after reading it, I can understand why. Beukes is excellent at what she does and you don’t need to be a science fiction fan to appreciate this masterfully constructed piece of work.

So what can you expect from this novel? For one, expect a depiction of Johannesburg that is eerily familiar in its chaotic state while at the same time managing to be unfamiliar. With thriller, mystery and fantasy components thrown right in with science fiction, this amalgamation results in a book that will have your imagination running wild.

Expect eerie depictions of an albino crocodile, sloth, a woman with a massive stork latched on her back and an orange Maltese poodle — amongst other creatures — to enthral you from beginning to end. Interestingly enough, and without giving too much away, it appears that this novel uses animals as an example of how people are punished for their bad deeds.

If you have a feel for the untamed and enjoy living on the edge, then this book is right up your alley. You won’t be disappointed.

Sanelisiwe Shamase


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