Thanks to Riptide and NetGalley for the review copy.
This is a collection of stories and original documents meant to accompany the novel Prosperity.
While I really enjoyed reading them, and was happy to see more of my beloved Byron Kae, I didn’t enjoy this collection nearly as much as I enjoyed the novel. I’m not a huge fan of short stories, and while I do consider storytelling via original/found documents an excellent post-modern literary convention, I miss the immersive feeling one gets from the good old fashioned unbroken 4th wall-style narration.
In my heart, I wanted every short story to be it’s own book, and they really could have been. Nothing’s keeping them from being now, I’d still read every one, even knowing the plot beforehand.
If you liked Prosperity, and you don’t mind paying nearly twice as much for a book that is not really as catchy or fulfulling as the first one, but does promise more time with all the awesome characters you met in the other book, plus a couple more you’ll like just as much and be just as fascinated with, then by all means, purchase Liberty. I’d buy it if only to encourage Alexis Hall to keep writing about these people.
I definitely, definitely want more from this universe.
4 stars out of 5