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This was the first R.C. Wilson novel I have read. I have a particular love of social science fiction of all types. The Affinities has a nice meaty premise; social personality matching taken to the extreme. It's a competently written book - not at all literary, style-wise, but good.
The overall structure of the plot was solid and goes along at a pretty fast clip, but I found the character development a little lacking. Especially when it came to antagonistic characters. They felt very cardboardish to me.
I'm also one of the few people who is not a massive Scott Brick fan. I find him over-dramatically emotive in his readings.
But if you like this narrator, and enjoy a clever, fast-paced alternative fiction thriller, I think this might hit the spot.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
I loved this book. It's quite a trick to write something that is
1) Populated with characters who feel real, that we can connect to
2) Actually says something; make you think
3) Is genuinely original
The way 1 & 3 are artfully combined is what I think makes Wilson's books so enjoyable. Often originality is synonymous with 'weird' and hard to relate to. Not so The Affinities. The concepts of the novel are borne of a substrate made up of solid characters; indeed you could almost lose the science fiction aspect and still have a pretty decent book.
I agree with some other reviewers who have said that The Affinities could've been a bit longer. That's true, but the "fill in your own blanks" feeling one may be left with at book's end is I think even better. The reader is forced to think; in my case, not so much along the lines of "what happened next?" No, nothing like that. I was left in a place of newness; considering ideas new to me, some clear, others half formed, nicely coloured with an emotional aspect, also with its own unique flavour.
That, in my opinion, is science fiction gold.
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