16 July 2014

The Great Glass Sea; Josh Weil

The Great Glass SeaThe Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Despite this going on far too long (about 1/3 could have been cut and this would have easily been a 5 star), I enjoyed entering this world. Even the interspersed (untranslated) Russian words didn't disrupt the read, nor did it feel as pretentious as it does in, say, a Cara Black mystery.

The Great Glass Sea is a gigantic, city-sized greenhouse created by a Russian oligarch, making use of an array of solar panels that reflect the sun back at the earth so there's no differential between night and day, thus increasing productivity and the ability for humans to work around the clock. It would have been a better read had that disruption been explored a little more, but the overriding theme here is the battle between (failed) Communism and Capitalism. The twins and how their lives diverge is almost like that of the brothers in Lahiri's The Lowland, and once again it's difficult to tell whose life is the better.

ARC provided by publisher.

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