Book: The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this. It’s one of those books that crops up as a quintessential books of the “Golden Age of Science Fiction”, so I knew it was going to be good.
One of the authors of the “Expanse” series, a series that I’d been obsessed with last year, stated it as an inspiration. And anyone that’s read both could see that clearly.
It’s a book about revenge, and puts you in the perspective not of a charming heroic scientist, but of a deeply unpleasant anti-hero. A fresh experience for me of books from this era, that starts to fascinate you as you see the lengths he will go to for revenge.
The world building is brilliant, and it’s clear to see why William Gibson on the back of my copy is giving his endorsement. This is a Cyberpunk novel before there was Cyberpunk.
The plot moved along nicely, and there was only singular moment that made me feel as though the story had started to go a bit loose. However, it quickly got back on track and left me satisfied.
Overall, I’d said this book is a must read for its importance in the history of Sci-Fi literature.