#1 — A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Rating: 3/5

  • If you don’t want to write a fantasy/science-fiction novel about the dystopian future, pick Chechnya, which is pretty much the same thing, but is an actual place in the present time
  • The book seems to be written entirely around the title, the meaning of which first appears in the middle of the novel. Admittedly, it’s a nice sounding title to a book, but still…
  • The book is paced a bit strangely; all of the characters and how they intertwine is seemingly crammed into the last quarter of the book. The rest of the book is slow in comparison
  • He took what he learned from this book and put it into his second book
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