Review: Empire State

Empire State
by Adam Christopher
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Angry Robot (December 7, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0857661922
ISBN-13: 978-0857661920

Product description:

It was the last great science hero fight, but the energy blast ripped a hole in reality, and birthed the Empire State – a young, twisted parallel prohibition-era New York.
When the rift starts to close, both worlds are threatened, and both must fight for the right to exist.

My thoughts:

I love the stuff from Angry Robot. When I first got wind of this title, I was eager to get my hands on it. I thought that the cover was brilliant. I was very impressed with the Empire State World Builder idea (link). Anything that brings fans, the author, and the publisher together has to be a great concept. Even the story of a prohibition-era parallel universe sounded great. Sadly, the execution was a disappointment.

Neither the characters nor the story are interesting. I almost quit reading this novel several times.  In time I worked myself to the end, and I understand the two-dimensional nature of the book. Having said that, I just didn’t care.

I really wanted to like this book, but in the end I can’t recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Angry Robot Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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