Actual Rating: 2.5 stars
“I did learn something about insanity while I was down there. People go crazy, not because they are crazy, but because it’s the best available option at the time.”
When I had first read the synopsis for this book, I was thrilled and super excited. Let’s just say I was very disappointed at the end result.
The first problem was the world-building. In the summary, there is so much build-up of the mafia and crime in their city, but none of this was actually shown. There was no explanation of why chocolate and coffee were banned, and also no explanation of why they were banned instead of alcohol, which I found thoroughly crazy. This world could have been really interesting, if it made sense. The lack of explanation is essentially what made the world “lame”.
The writing surprised me; usually when you read a science-fiction or a fantasy novel, you would expect somewhat deep and lyrical writing, but All These Things was very straightforward and to-the-point. I can’t say I enjoyed this, but it was a little easier to understand, I suppose.