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Book Review: Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson

I’m never a fan of short fiction, but I’m also never let down by anything written by Sanderson. Oddly enough, I felt this novella started off a bit slow. Sanderson is still a master of the twist with this book being another shining example. I consider the questions this book poses Hugo worthy. It takes a lot of skill to build sympathy for a character in short fiction. I found myself more connected to Kai than I anticipated. The only letdown I have is that the story ends appropriately, but not satisfyingly for my taste. Don’t take that to mean it negatively. I found myself imaging sequels and other mini adventures for Kai or even a larger book. I don’t know if that’s the intent or not. I just thought there was a lot of ground there to play with. The ending completes the story with one exception that I can’t mention due to spoilers. I’d still recommend this to anyone, especially those eagerly awaiting Shadows of Self or even Stormlight 3. I stand by my thought that this novella deserves Hugo consideration. For readers who enjoy stories that pose bigger questions, this story as them in spades. This wasn’t as entertaining as, say, Shadows for Silence, but it was every bit as interesting.

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