The All-Consuming World – Cassandra Khaw

So yeah, I tapped out and couldn’t finish this book. Sorry dudes, I very rarely do this, and I did try to push through, but the grind wore me down. It’s such a shame because the story has everything I would want in a book. Hell, it has everything I dream of. I was so amped to read this book that I texted my friends to let them know that I’d be ignoring them for a bit. Except I forgot to let my mom know and she called me when I was just getting settled in to read. “Not now mom, I got my Yeti Rambler full of margaritas and have a book I need to read… no, I don’t care that it’s your birthday.” So you can imagine my disappointment (and hers!) when I couldn’t even bring myself to finish. And no, don’t worry about my mom, she’s in ok health and should have a few more birthdays to celebrate, she’ll be fine.

Anyways, the story is this gang of queer clone cyborg mercenaries are getting the band back together to perform one last space heist and try to correct the wrongs of their past. Holy shit! That sounds fucking awesome! I accept your apology for thinking poorly of me for blowing off my mom on her birthday to read this.

The problem is that the book is pretentious as fuck! I’m no Bill Shakespeare but I thought I had a decent grasp of the English language until I read this. I had to stop several times per page to check the definition of a word. That’s a surefire way to kill any sort of flow and most certainly my margarita buzz. Now I’m sure there’s a bunch of learned folks who will love this, but it’s not for this hombre. The characters, universe, and story all seemed amazing, but I’m just too dumb to understand this one.

Anyways, that’s about all I got. Adios amigos!

The All-Consuming World will be published on September 7, 2021 and you can pre-order a copy here. A huge high five to Cassandra Khaw, Erewhon Books, and NetGalley for the ARC.

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