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The Gone-Away World

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A wildly entertaining debut novel, introducing a bold new voice that combines antic humour with a stunning futuristic vision to give us an ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
StephKaye

A stunner of a first novel

by StephKaye on Jul 20, 2010

This is an amazing first novel. Harkaway takes several thriller/sci-fi cliches (perhaps thanks to the influence of his dad, John LeCarre) and reworks them in such a subtle way that the ending had me literally on the edge of my seat. The first chapter is a ...big tease; prepare to slog through a couple of somewhat slow expository chapters before ramping up to high speed again -- but it's worth the wait and everything comes together marvelously in the end. It's very difficult to describe the plot without spoilers, so I'll keep it vague: in a post-apocaplyptic world, your dreams and nightmares can come true, and a team of truckers (think half a dozen Mad Maxes) are the only ones who can fight the Man and his attempt to recreate consumerist society. My only disappointment was in the poor proofreading; I found six typos in a 600-page book. That's really poor. Boo, Knopf, but bravo, Harkaway!

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DontWantToThinkAboutIt

Excellent Writer

by DontWantToThinkAboutIt on Sep 3, 2009

Really well written, very enjoyable read. The character development is outstanding and the story line is very imaginative. The dialog will have you laughing out loud at times, even though the story line is rather dark. The characters are so good that in such an outlandish story line they almost seem wasted. I would hope that in future works he decides to venture beyong the science fiction genre. However, I will read anything he writes for sure. Great book.

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