Lester Ferris needs a rest. He's spent his life being shot at, and Afghanistan was the last stop on his road to exhaustion. Mancreu is the ideal place for Lester to relax. A former British colony, soon to be destroyed because of its very special version of toxic pollution. But Lester Ferris makes a friend: a street kid with a comicbook fixation who will need a home - who might, Lester hopes, become an adopted son. But in a place like Mancreu, just what sort of hero will the boy need?
"[O]ne of the most enjoyable books I've read in ages… brilliantly entertaining… What a splendid ride." (Guardian on Angelmaker)
"An entertaining tour-de-force that demands to be adored." (Independent on Sunday)
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Less than the sun of its parts
I liked the core concept, and the main character was attractively drawn. However, the story never really came together for me, and the slightly arch and surreal approach to the setting and action jarred. I couldn't quite believe in it all. And the ensuing left me cold. It was like a rough draft of an Iain Banks novel. Writing is competent though, and the performance by Matt Bates is excellent.
I'd be curious to see if this is representative of his style, so maybe.
The central character. Nicely done.
No. It's a self enclosed story to my mind.
An idea with potential, never quite realised for me.