Tomorrow’s Children

Daniel Polansky. Angry Robot. (400p) ISBN: 9781915202857
Tomorrow's Children
Tomorrow’s Children

Set on a future Manhatten that’s been cut off from the rest of the world by a mutating substance called ‘funk’ this is a frantic post-apocalytpic dystopian adventure with hints of The Warriors and Escape from New York spattered throughout.

Manhatten is split into small tribal areas, with a few bigger gangs making up a ruling council an outsider comes and stirs up a hornet’s nest.

Violence with a beat poet’s heart and the rhythm of a dancer explodes onto the page early on and doesn’t really abate throughout the story.

Politics, backstabbing, cutters, drugs, mutations, and a wonderfully lyrical prose carries the story along at a wonderful pace but there is enough dialogue and setting to show a coherent story and well thought out world.

The story, though fantastical, focuses on loyalties and family and the will to fight for what you believe in no matter the cost, and delivers a lot of punches throughout.

I found this a great read with some absolutely stunning set pieces, especially those with Swan but all the characters had distinct voices and added to the wonderful world that Daniel developed that it became so much more than the sum of its parts.

Would love to return to this world at some point in the future.

I received this from NetGalley and Angry Robot in exchange for an honest review.

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