Mycroft and Carlyle live in a 25th century, technologically-advanced utopia that's carefully managed to "keep the peace." But when Mycroft, a convict forced to be helpful as punishment, and Carlyle, a spiritual counselor, stumble upon a boy who can make his wishes come true and inanimate objects come to life, they realize that they may just be able to topple they system.
Promising review: "Ambitious. Complex. Thought-provoking. Ada Palmer’s debut novel, Too Like the Lightning, is all those things and more. The book truly an intellectual piece of science fiction literature, not only in its themes (political, societal, philosophical, and religious) but also in the ornate, elegant, and nuanced writing style. Demanding your full attention, this novel’s complete depth cannot be appreciated without devoting time and effort to first consuming it before slowly sorting and digesting all its potent ingredients." — Bookwraiths
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