Episode One: The League ~ Sulan by Camille Picott
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Sulan was a pleasant surprise for me. I went into this book thinking that I would probably like it just enough to finish it. I was wrong. I devoured it in one sitting. It is well paced and each chapter ended in such a way that I just had to read the next one. The author did very well in drawing me into the story and keeping me wanting more.
I really enjoyed the characters of this book. They are well developed and uniquely individual. I love how the story is written around highly intelligent characters. Most stories seem to be written about 'normal' people and how they have to rise up and do extraordinary things. This story is more about the extraordinarily talented people having to exist in a world that isn't as great as it is now. I found that refreshing. Also, Sulan isn't some middle to upper middle class white kid as seems to be the case in most books I read. Again, I found that refreshing.
The story itself was well written with a good pacing to it. I don't have a whole lot of experience with cyberpunk, but after reading this I am going to look for more. I enjoyed the high tech world of Sulan, with the virtual schooling and the Touch. I found myself wondering what this would be like and wishing I could try it out. Maybe I would be able to learn to fight this way!
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a strong, intelligent, female lead character, a dystopian setting, and a unique story line. Well written characters, a decent pace, and advanced technology keep this book fun to read.
Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings. To visit Camille, go to www.camillepicott.com.
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