Maxwell's Demon

- Steven Hall

Goodreads Book Blurb:

This autumn, life is catching up with struggling novelist Thomas Quinn.

Five years ago, his sometimes friend Andrew Black wrote a single, million copy-selling mystery novel and then disappeared. Now could it be that Quinn is being stalked by the hero of Black’s book? His wife Imogen usually has the answers but she’s working on the other side of the world and talking to her on webcam just isn’t the same.

Quinn finds himself in a world that might well be coming apart at the seams. If he can find Black, he might start finding answers.


My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

not my cup of tea:
I’ve put off writing this review for about a week but it doesn’t seem to have helped; I have absolutely no idea what this book is about. I can appreciate what Hall was trying to do here but it just didn’t work for me. I love a good mind-bending twist but either there were too many here or the resolution wasn’t enough to make sense of them.

None of the characters were likeable and I didn’t believe a lot of the motivations behind their actions, even before the …
… Lemony Snicket-esque costumes and alter ego reveals.

The setting felt confused between contemporary and futuristic and I had to suspend disbelief a lot to follow the plot. I have no problem with abstract writing and there were parts of this book I found enjoyable, but I felt confused and let down in the end. There was potential with the order vs chaos theme, it just missed the mark and probably could have used a little less chaos.

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