Reviews of speculative fiction, middle grade, and graphic novels, along with stray thoughts, links, and pictures.
I picked this one up at WorldCon after hearing the author on a panel.
This book is a lovely object. It's heavy and there is some lovely detail in the printmaking used to create the part divisions.
Storywise, part one is terribly interesting. A group of friends tries to solve puzzles in the best video game ever (it is possible that puzzle laden adventure games are a favorite of mine), which includes some actual, solvable code breaking puzzles in the text. Then they're on the run, and that's less interesting. Finally, they get to the big reveal, and then part 3 is dedicated to setting up a sequel rather than reaching a satisfying conclusion.
A really strong start, and some cool characters, but I definitly preferred the first half.