Here’s the full review, from the March 15th issue:
In a society that has decayed from a centuries-past technological heyday, philosopher-assassin Kata is being used as a tool. She answers to Boris Autec, a minor officiate of House Technis, one of the three houses that control the city-state of Caeli-Amur. When he sends her undercover to the secret hideout of the city’s revolutionary labor protesters, Kata meets Maximilian, a seditionist with a thirst for the knowledge of lost technologies. Tensions bubble as the Houses and the seditionists head to a confrontation.
VERDICT The publisher describes this novel as an example of the New Weird, and it does echo the imaginative scope of some of the best authors of that school, such as Jeff VanderMeer. Davidson (The Library of Forgotten Books) is an award-winning writer with a huge amount of talent, excelling at description and complex characters. Although the mix of high and low tech could be smoother, every aspect of his worldbuilding is exciting. This full-length debut marks Davidson as an author to watch.
Unwrapped Sky will be published on April 15th.