Aiah is bored with her dead-end job of meting out plasm, the mysterious and powerful material created from the intrinsic power of the city's structures. When she stumbles upon an unlimited source of the precious substance, she's found her ticket to a new life. Daring to team up with the handsome and powerful Metropolitan known as Constantine, Aiah embarks upon a revolutionary plan that could change the world as they know it.
"A spectacular blend of fantastic science, high politics, and low intrigue...Williams' world
and characters are richly imagined yet utterly real." --Melissa Scott, author of Trouble and Her Friends
"Blends SF aspects with noir stylings to create a potent atmosphere or urban dystopia...Ever the expert storyteller, Williams provides more than enough suspense." --Publishers Weekly
- A Science Fiction Book Club selection
- Williams is the author of ten superbly reviewed SF books.
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It's a wonderfully, original story that is a cross of fantasy and science fiction. The little nuances and attention to detail that Williams gives is a breath of fresh air. At times you think the relationship between Aiah and her family is pointless, but you soon realize that Williams is doing an excellent job in character development as well as refining the softer/peripheral points of the reality he has created. I loved the way the people communicated with their little ethnic idiosyncrasies of "ne" "da" and the background in the history and religion and cultural diversities. All of it was delivered in a way that showed Williams really put some thought into fleshing out his little world. I can't wait to dig into the 2nd book.
As shown on the cover, "Metropolitan" describes a world that is more than a little askew. Everything is based on an energy source called "plasm." This must be a metaphor for a multitude of things but I leave that as an exercise for the reader (or a great topic for a book club.) It is all things to all people and the more you can access, the more powerful you are. Careful though, too much will burn you, down to the soul. Otherwise, this world is a strange mix of the advanced and the backward. Sometimes I felt I was reading something written in the 1930's. That must have been intentional but I don't know why Williams felt obligated to pay homage to those who, basically, didn't write as well as he does. Generally, the story is rip-roaring, almost space operatic in tone except that it all takes place on this peculiar planet. Could it all be a metaphor for purgatory? They are encapsulated, hidden from space. Again, you decide. At more than 800 pages, it's a bit of a slog but, in this case, that's a good thing. It's the first in a series and, while I have no intention in continuing that particular journey, you may feel otherwise. Isn't it wonderful that thick books weigh no more on a Nook reader than thin ones? Enjoy.