TLDR: The Scar by China Mieville is an amazing novel with the climatic power of Brandon Sanderson, the emotional impact of N.K. Jemisin, and a plot that left me contemplating like Shutter Island.
Hey all, and welcome back to the Bard & Books! I spent all of last week on a work trip up in DC—which was super fun and taught me about marketing with Twitch and eSports—and during my downtime I was able to finishing reading The Scar by China Mieville. If you read the post and don’t completely hate it, consider showing your support by leaving a comment or hitting the FOLLOW button to the right of the page. Now that we’re past the shill part of the blog, let’s get to it.
AMAZING NOVEL: The Scar by China Mieville
Oh. My. God.
Before I jump into how much a I freaking loved this book, I want to give a couple warnings. This is the second book in the Bas-Lag trilogy, and it falls under the “Weird Fantasy” sub-genre. You don’t need to read the first book, Perdido Street Station, before the second, but by reading them in order you get eased into some of the world-building. It still has a pretty steep learning curve, but once you get used to all the weirdness, it will make you think that most fantasy books are not extrapolating as far as they should be.
The Scar by China Mieville focus on two main characters and their experiences in the floating, pirate city of Armada. At first, the plot seems to meander and you are really just experiencing the lives of these characters. About third of the way through, you get a clear idea of the plot which evolves throughout the course of the narrative.
The characters are amazing. Cold and unemotional Bellis Coldwine is calculating and competent even when she is out of depth. Tanner Sack, a man who had been Remade in a Punishment Factory, is highly sympathetic and loyal and leaves you rooting for him no matter what happens.
If you are interested in moving into a bit more of the strange side of fantasy, consider checking out some of China Mieville’s work. Amazing setting. Deep characters. And a plot that kicks throughout the novel. Thanks for reading, and as always, if you enjoyed the post and aren’t doing so, please hit the FOLLOW button to the right of the page!