The Half-Made World
A fantastical reimagining of the American West which draws its influence from steampunk, the American western tradition, and magical realismThe world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming... show more
A fantastical reimagining of the American West which draws its influence from steampunk, the American western tradition, and magical realismThe world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence that cripples the population with fear. The only hope at stopping them has seemingly disappeared—the Red Republic that once battled the Gun and the Line, and almost won. Now they’re just a myth, a bedtime story parents tell their children, of hope. To the west lies a vast, uncharted world, inhabited only by the legends of the immortal and powerful Hill People, who live at one with the earth and its elements. Liv Alverhyusen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels to the edge of the made world to a spiritually protected mental institution in order to study the minds of those broken by the Gun and the Line. In its rooms lies an old general of the Red Republic, a man whose shattered mind just may hold the secret to stopping the Gun and the Line. And either side will do anything to understand how.
Publish date: October 12th 2010
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 479
Edition language: English
Series: The Half-Made World (#1)
This book was mechanically adequate, but I just found myself completely uninterested in finding out how it was going to turn out. Perhaps unfortunately, I finished it because I only realised how little I cared about what happened next about two thirds of the way through.
3.5 starsI really liked this one. It's got elements of Manifest Destiny; The Wild, Wild West; The Dark Tower; and China Mieville's Railsea all mashed up into a nice dark adventure.The story weaves together several arcs, but they all center on what might be contained in a former general's head. On th...
Interesting concept, marred (imho) by having it be mostly from the points of view of quite 2-dimensional representations of their respective causes - I got about two-thirds of the way through and then decided I really didn't care what happened to any of them...
Incredibly imaginative. I definitely felt as if I was in the hands of someone who knew what they were doing and where they were going and I was happy to be along for the ride. A great re-imagining of the wild west, mixing in mythology, and making a world that felt like a combination of the U.S. west...
I really liked the setting (a fantasy Western), the premise, the Gun and the Line. Creedmoor was a solid, interesting character. But Liv, the female protagonist, despite some sporadic episodes, read like your typical damsel in distress. The aboriginal people in the story were also a bit off-putting,...