Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Rating: 1/5

Recommended Age: 18+

Favorite quote: none. DNF-ed

Cheris is a Captain of the Kel. When she decides to make unconventional decisions during battle, she becomes disgraced by her people. She has one chance to redeem herself: take control of the Fortress of Scattered Needles from the heretics. If the fortress completely falls, the whole hexarchate might be next. Her best chance of winning lies in relying on a man named Jedao who is undead. He has never lost a battle… But he did kill his whole command once. Can Cheris trust him and his unconventional ways to win this war?

This book is an excellent example of good writing and the book did something I often wonder about when I read other sci fi books: it creates its own calendar and time keeping system. Unfortunately that’s the only things the book did good in my opinion. I’m really sorry, but I did not like this book. It was like I was missing the first 4 chapters of the book. I had no idea what was going on or what these names or things meant. I spent the whole book guessing the meaning behind people’s words. I made it to about 100 pages left in the book before I finally had to give up. At that point in the book, random characters were being introduced without proper explanation or being mentioned again in the future. If you had to ask me what I believed was happening when I stopped reading, I’d have to honestly say I didn’t know.

Don’t let my review sway you to not try this book. I am not a voice for everyone and because I couldn’t get into a book doesn’t mean you won’t be able to. This book is an excellent sci fi war book and to someone who can understand what is happening in this book, I bet this would be the best book ever.


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