February Books 3) God’s War, by Kameron Hurley

I still feel like I’m coughing my lungs out, but I struggled into work both yesterday and today, so I guess I am well enough to start catching up on book-blogging… Anyway, God’s War is the first of this year’s BSFA nominees for Best Novel that I have read. I’m taking the approach of reading them in increasing order of pagecount, which nicely orders the first three – God’s War (288), Evening’s Empires (384), and Ack-Ack Macaque (416), though I shall have to toss a coin between Ancillary Justice and The Adjacent (both 432).

These are 288 very intense pages. Our central character, Nyx, is a woman warrior and assassin in a war whose point seems to have been largely forgotten by the combatants, working her way across the battle-scarred landscapes and streetscapes of a ruined world. There’s lots of love, lust, betrayal, and horrible violence. It’s awfully well realised.

I found it in the end a bit one-note – concentrating on the vivid setting, at the expense of a real plot, and without quite explaining how this world got itself into such a mess. Perhaps this will be dealt with in future volumes. It’s a very good book, but I hope that there are better ones to come.