Yoon Ha Lee “Ninefox Gambit” (Solaris, 2016)
Maybe once a year I happen upon a book that at first feels like you’re plunged into a cold pool. It’s overwhelming, & you are just scrambling to keep your head above water. But before you know it the environment makes sense, & you find you enjoy the water temperature.
Think The Quantum Thief or Ancillary Justice.
Strange and exotic societies that don’t initially make any sense to you. That is the future.
Ninefox Gambit delivers this sort of complex exotic future universe without making compromises for the audience.
This is MilSF unlike any that I’ve ever read. The norm seems to be something based on historical American/English/French military, while this is more derived from Korean (?) contexts.
I went from what the hell? To obsessed in a ridiculously short amount of time.
I am so excited that this is the start of a new series.