Finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Philip K. Dick Award, Plague Birds by Jason Sanford was one of my favorite reads from last year.
Set in a distant future where humanity has suffered from genetic enhancements and is looked after by AI, it sits firmly within the science fiction genre while also containing elements of fantasy – the agrarian culture where the animal human hybrids live – and horror – the brutality of the Plague Birds’ justice.
It ticked all my boxes for what makes a book extra special: Solid, believable world building with extraordinary elements, a deep appreciation of nature and animals, complex characters with believable behavior, and an acknowledgment or discussion of the spiritual nature of existence.
Overall, Plague Birds is an entertaining, emotionally and intellectually satisfying read that has stayed with me long after I finished it, and writing about it now makes me want to read it again.
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