I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Occupy Me by Tricia Sullivan
Published by Gollancz on January 21, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction
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A woman with wings that exist in another dimension. A man trapped in his own body by a killer. A briefcase that is a door to hell. A conspiracy that reaches beyond our world. Breathtaking SF from a Clarke Award-winning author.
Tricia Sullivan has written an extraordinary, genre defining novel that begins with the mystery of a woman who barely knows herself and ends with a discovery that transcends space and time. On the way we follow our heroine as she attempts to track down a killer in the body of another man, and the man who has been taken over, his will trapped inside the mind of the being that has taken him over.
And at the centre of it all a briefcase that contains countless possible realities.
Tricia Sullivan returns to the genre with a book that will define the conversation within the genre and will show what it is capable of for years to come. This is the best book yet from a writer of exceedingly rare talent who is much loved in the genre world.
Occupy Me was such a complex read that I am struggling a little to gather my thoughts. I thought a few days to think would do the trick but that seems to have made no difference. So it’s the initial thoughts and views…
I have to be honest I was confused from the very beginning. Some books when your thrown into their world you grasp it straight away. The book makes sense and it is fun being in someone else’s world. This isn’t the case here. The language feels complex and foreign and I struggled to understand the significance of it all.
This feeling continued for the whole of the book, I struggled to see the bigger picture, I struggled to get into this book (taking an entire month to read!). Perhaps it would have been a better read if I was an avid sci-fi reader rather than a dip your toe in kind of reader.
The great thing is I can see the goodness of the book. I wanted it to take me, to leave this world, I was intrigued by the characters, Pearl especially and I wanted to know more about where she came from. In fact, it was this little thing that kept me going.
For me personally, there are a lot of high end concepts in this book that were quite challenging to comprehend. Occupy Me is a book that left me thinking, and it is hard to say that that is a bad thing.