Adventure, Sci Fi

Sashay to the Centre of the Earth by Chris McCrudden

I have reviewed the previous two books earlier on the blog #1,#2

This entire series was quite a pleasant surprise and a roller coaster of stuff (for the lack of a better word, I did try, but there’s something about this set of books that does not fit into any particular box).
I was curious after the first book. The second remains my favourite even after reading this instalment. I wrote a much more elaborate review than for this, but that does not mean that this was not a fun book. In one sense of the word, it wasn’t because the war began suddenly again. There is something very significant about the turns the plot continues to take. I thought that the story finished at a decent point in the previous instalment and was pleasantly surprised when I saw this online, having not expected another. It is not hard to pick up where we left off because the author provides background for every situation without it feeling like we are being spoonfed an entire recap.
It is supposed to be peaceful times, both in human settlements and the machines’. Things are never as simple and straightforward as that. Food and work are crucial breaking points. The people on the Battlestar Suburbia are awaiting a new mall opening; the mall is to be a special zone under the control of the machine republic. At its opening, things start to go wrong; simultaneously, a coup occurs on earth. The entire story happens in a short period, but the action is widespread. Things are happening on earth, the dolestars as well as Battlestar Suburbia. Not to mention all the interconnected travel.
I would never recommend reading this without having read the previous works. Sometimes it is okay to jump mid-way into a series, but here, even with all the information you are provided, the emotions will not make sense.
Information can be absorbed, but the sheer terror of the chaos that came before the relative peace of this book can only be appreciated if the previous works have been checked out. If not, this particular instalment may feel too light to capture people’s attention.
The author has a unique way of putting things across, and even the worldbuilding is unlike any I have encountered. It maintains that uniqueness throughout the series, and I would highly recommend this to anyone curious/interested in humorously serious Sci-Fi.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this and the previous instalments.

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