Middlegame – Seanan McGuire
Science fiction, alchemy, transfiguration, timeline, time travel.
Asphodel, a woman alchemist and writer, wants to transform the world, but knowing the dangers of this idea of the Doctrine she writes innocent children stories to install the ideology. Also predicting her own end, she creates a heir to carry out her plans when she dies years later, naming him Reed. Long after Asphodel’s death, Reed proceeds to try to carry out the Doctrine with experiments by taking twins, doing something to them, then separating them into foster families to observe the twins. Roger loves everything language related and hates anything math. Dodger loves everything mathematical and hates anything language related. One night, they discover each other through telepathic means and help each other out. Reed finds out and sends someone to Roger to force him to stop communications. Years later, Roger and Dodger cross paths, both heartbroken and wanting answers, they agree to talk to each other at a specific time. Roger and Dodger find out they are siblings, but as soon as they find out the person who did the blood test died in a mysterious lab fire. Later on, Erin whom was made the same way as Roger and Dodger helps them escape from their maker’s supervision to not only save themselves, but to save the world. Erin tells them everything and this all comes crumbling down.
I was deeply intrigued with this novel. I was recommended the book by a LASFS member to read it and I was intrigued with the mere idea of this science fiction. The novel looks thick and is very thick with a detailed plot along with intricate characters. McGuire, as this is evident with the novel, had taken into deep consideration of the plot and narratives as well as characters and their interactions with each other. To top it off, this novel has all what science fiction should need in a story. I couldn’t simply put this book down at all. I highly recommend this novel to everyone and hope that the author writes more of this story.