This is the strangest book. It tells the story of Alan (among other “A” names) whose parents are a mountain and a washing machine respectively, and whose brothers are an island, and psychic, and a zombie respectively. It tells of his life trying to fit in, and also something about a mission to give free wireless to all the people of the Market, oh and his brothers are disappearing, and he also has troubles with his neighbors…..and he wants to write a story. Oh, also, his girlfriend remains normal by having her wings amputated every few months by an abusive neighbor.There is many other smaller plot points and it can get confusing.
The two plots, the brother problems and the connectivity plot, are interwoven together. They merge somewhat, but not always successfully. I haven’t red very much from Cory Doctorow but my interest was first peaked by this book. It is all so strange and interesting that I couldn’t stop reading it, if only to see how it all ended up. I really liked it, although I will say that the connectivity issue can get pretty preachy at times but not enough to really bother me or take away from my enjoyment of the story. Another disappointing story thread is the one with his brothers. It sets up a mystery that it resolves in about two sentences at the very end of the book. It’s never really explained why it was all so important, and it just gets brushed away like it was nothing.
So in conclusion, this book is super confusing at times with story threads that go nowhere and resolve in seconds…and I really enjoyed myself while reading it. I would recommend this to anyone who wants something different and unique.