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This epic sci-fi adventure will grab fans of Doctor Who and Blade Runner. Twins Roger and Dodger were genetically manufactured in a lab so that their psychotic creator, Reed, who is also genetically manufactured, could unlock godlike powers. The twins are separated and raised on opposite ends of the country. Despite the distance, they are linked and nothing will stop them from connecting with each other. The plot is intricate yet fast paced, with classic sci-fi elements such as genetic engineering, psychic links, alternate dimensions, and time loops. The book follows the protagonists through elementary to graduate school, and teens will readily identify with the characters' thoughts and actions. VERDICT An excellent recommendation for those who enjoyed Lev Grossman's The Magicians and Lauren Oliver's Replica.-Melanie Leivers, Palm Beach Country Library System, FLα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"McGuire has an uncanny knack for taking the worst things that lurk in the shadows and weaving them into an absolute delight."―Becky Chambers

"Roger and Dodger are the heart of this story. They're its pulse and purpose ― these two supernaturally gifted kids who come off like kids. And this is the greatest trick McGuire pulls here … It's the kind of book where you want to reach into the page just to help them out, to warn them of what's coming. It blossoms."―NPR

"This is a fascinating novel by an author of consummate skill."―Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Satisfying on all levels of the reading experience: thrilling, emotionally resonant, and cerebral.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"McGuire sets a high bar for alchemy-based stories in this new stand-alone, twisting themes of time and space as seen through the eyes of children. . . . This singular work keeps readers thinking long after the final page."―Library Journal, starred review

"An excellent recommendation for those who enjoyed Lev Grossman's The Magicians and Lauren Oliver's Replica."―School Library Journal, starred review

“[A]n ambitious piece of world building from a master of the craft . . . thoroughly engaging.”―Booklist

"Readers should come for the tightly constructed world and stay for the pleasure of watching the twins choose each other, come what may."―Shelf Awareness

"This is a tricky book to pull off, no doubt about it. But that trickery is pulled off with the kind of aplomb that has become one of McGuire’s great skills. What a story to read (and re-read). If you’ve got a love for fantasy, you should read Middlegame."―Entertainment Weekly's Cultures

"Imaginatively conceived, carefully constructed, fantastically written ... another delightful and captivating outing from Seanan McGuire."―bookreporter

"An excellent recommendation for those who enjoyed Lev Grossman's The Magicians and Lauren Oliver's Replica."―School Library Journal

"Readers should come for the tightly constructed world and stay for the pleasure of watching the twins choose each other, come what may."―Shelf Awareness


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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07HF2ZK75
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tordotcom (May 7, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 7, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1984 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 492 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Seanan McGuire is a native Californian, which has resulted in her being exceedingly laid-back about venomous wildlife, and terrified of weather. When not writing urban fantasy (as herself) and science fiction thrillers (as Mira Grant), she likes to watch way too many horror movies, wander around in swamps, record albums of original music, and harass her cats.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Indexing series of urban fantasies; the Newsflesh trilogy; the Parasitology duology; and the "Velveteen vs." superhero shorts. Her cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, are plotting world domination even as we speak, but are easily distracted by feathers on sticks, so mankind is probably safe. For now.

Seanan's favorite things include the X-Men, folklore, and the Black Death. No, seriously. She writes all biographies in the third person, because it's easier that way.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The book of "I don't know."
By Kristyn on January 7, 2020
Initially, I was drawn to this book because of its interesting premise, but unfortunately the execution just wasn’t satisfying for me. While the third-person omniscient point of view works in some respects here—particularly in getting inside the telepathic-like communication between Roger and Dodger—it ultimately falls flat because no one in the novel really knows anything. In fact, the phrase “I don’t know” is repeated so many times therein that I began to question why I was reading anymore. As a reader, I could relate though because even after 523 pages, I walked away with so many unanswered questions: What was Reed’s actual motivation all along, and why did he never actually act on it? What does it mean to “manifest” in the end? What is the “Impossible City”? Why write over 500 pages of repetitive buildup only to have the novel conclude in the short manner it did? Why was Roger’s gift and knowledge of linguistics not as integral (beyond just saying “do this” to Dodger) to the story? What is the point of the random, rather confusing excerpts of “Over the Woodward Wall” (beyond basing a spin-off series on them)? Etc.

In short, I wanted more from this book, especially given the length of it, but was ultimately left unsatisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating standalone novel
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