Previewing ‘A Memory Called Empire’

I’m super excited to get into A Memory Called Empire. I was able to preview the first few chapters (thanks NetGalley!) and it’s all of the following and so much more:

1. An Epic Space Opera

You can check all of the boxes on this one. An intergalactic superpower that threatens to take over the entire universe? Check. A mysterious murder that implicates the highest levels of government? Check. A strong woman determined to get to the bottom of the lies and deceit? Check.

2. A Mind-Blowing City

The novel features a city that rivals most of the sci-fi cities I’ve been introduced to this year. It’s nearly planet-sized, filled with fascinating architecture, mile-high buildings and more tech than you can throw a stick at. The city itself is alive — citizens actually connect themselves to it mentally and it occasionally attacks people. Wild and epic, right?

3. Great Integration of Technology

There’s a lot of tech used in the novel, as there should be in a true space opera. I was most impressed by the usage of implanted technology that enhances a person’s intelligence and memory. The thought of carrying around the memories of ten people dating back decades or centuries is both intriguing and horrifying.

4. Most Importantly, A Solid Story

This isn’t just bells and whistles. It’s a well-developed world and storyline, featuring an in-depth culture that truly shines. The writing is solid, filled with the intrigue of a murder mystery, the intelligence of a political novel, and the tech-savvy language of a sci-fi novel.

I urge you to check it out when it’s released in March. It’s the first in what I’m sure will be a trilogy, and you won’t be disappointed!

NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I only publish reviews of books I enjoy, and this novel meets that criterion.

A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE

By Arkady Martine
Tor Books
Publication Date: March 26, 2019

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Tammy says:

    This sounds amazing! Glad you loved the preview, this is on my wish list😁

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