REVIEW: Habitat by Simon Roy

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this incredibly fast-paced book, Simon Roy weaves an impressively complex sci-fi tale about a collapsing futuristic society. Our protagonist, Cho, begins the tale entering into the army of a cannibalistic tribe. He quickly stumbles upon the MacGuffin, a set of 3d printing directions for a laser gun. From there, Cho flees with the weapon and becomes increasingly embroiled in an intricate, but poorly explained world where fragile treaties keep everyone from killing each other.

Simon Roy wrote, illustrated, and lettered this book, which is an impressive feat in and of itself. The art is thoughtfully done and the handwritten lettering was a breath of fresh air in an arena that I don't often give much thought to.

As far as plot, I thought it would have profited greatly from a lot more space to grow. Much of the story seemed rushed and Roy really didn't have time to expand on some of the more fascinating features of the world he created. There were allusions to religion and politics that I thought would have benefited from a little more explanation as well.

Check out that architecture!

Overall, Habitat is a flawed, but still enjoyable read. If you're looking for a quick sci-fi book that includes strong elements of world building and imaginative architecture, Habitat will be up your alley.

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