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Publisher's Summary

A Desolation Called Peace is the spectacular space opera sequel to A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

An alien terror could spell our end....

An alien threat lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is supposed to win a war against it. 

In a desperate attempt to find a diplomatic solution, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy to contact the mysterious invaders. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass - both still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire - face an impossible task. They must attempt to negotiate with a hostile entity, without inadvertently triggering the destruction of themselves and the Empire. 

Whether they succeed or fail could change the face of Teixcalaan forever. 

©2021 Arkady Martine (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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  • 16-05-2021

Great potential regressed to a power fantasy.

I really enjoyed the first novel of this series, it had a slow start but I ended up engrossed and greatly looking forward to the next instalment. I have been really struggling to get through this book though. Maybe it’s a change in me, maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had immediately read it after the previous book. More than likely though it is the pretentious style of the author make perpetual analogies of literally anything. I feel like the novel could have been 75% shorter without the constant attempts at a poetic metaphorical narrative. It was there in the first novel but to a lesser extent, the Teixcalaan culture utilises poetry as a form of communication and is one of the primary draws the protagonist has towards the empire. Obviously the author aspires to create a beautiful masterpiece which could stand aside works of Patricia McKillip, Tolkien and Wodehouse however it comes off as amateurish and detracts from the story at large.
In regards to it being a power fantasy, i am not referring to anyone individually but that every single character holding a position of authority is a woman in a society that has never been portrayed as being matriarchal. But, the novel very likely ‘isn’t aimed at me’.
As a fellow HUMAN, I have never struggled to identify with the hopes, motivations, dreams, losses, highs or lows of a character in media, regardless of their demographic. I don’t need to have someone of the same demographic as myself to understand their drives and needs. But I find representation for the sake of representation to be forced, tiresome and comes across as the works of a hack.
Will I still purchase and consume and try to enjoy the next novel in the series? Yes, I likely will.

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Great follow-up

If you enjoyed A Memory called Empire you will enjoy this. A fun rom p.

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Very enjoyable story switching through many perspectives and exploring ideas of selfhood and identify. A worthy follow up in this series.

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  • 27-07-2021

Amazing

A Desolation Called Peace - that was one of the most amazing books I have read in a long long time

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  • Ignaty
  • 21-03-2021

The best first contact story I've ever read

An excellent sequel that matches the original in the intricacy of worldbuilding, narration, political intrigue and suspense!

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  • RemUrs
  • 17-03-2021

Amazing thought experiment

the thought experiment presented by the story is simply amazing, the communication impediments presented by the differences between the species, the way events are always viewed in only one protagonists' perspective, this book is simply one of the most thrilling reads, surpassing the first one (which i got to admit did not expect).
P.S. There is a bit of an obsession in mentioning the endocrine system 😁.

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  • 27-11-2021

Excellent

the narration is amazing, Martine's writing is beautiful. A fantastic story and I hate writing reviews but this deserves one.

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  • 17-08-2021

Complex and beautiful

Loved the plot. Loved the characters. Loved the narrator. Unexpectedly challenging. Skilled and beautifully written narrative. More please.

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  • 14-04-2021

Very Very good book, Even better thank the First

Very Very good book, Even better thank the First !Pleasingly this book sang to a rewarding and well paced finish. (not an epilogue! !) which is something that seems to be a rare skill lately . Take your time and enjoy it. Thanks Martine.

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  • 21-03-2021

Good follow up

An enjoyable read, if a little less taught than the first book. definitely worth a read/listen.

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