Why did I love this book?
In the world of Speculative ficiton, it is hard to find a writer skilled in both world building and prose style. Many times one outshines the other. But this is not the case with China Mieville’s The Scar. This is the second book in his delightful and profound Bar-Slag series. Bellis Coldwine has escaped the ruined and changed city of New Crobuzon that her lover Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin has caused. She is a wanted suspect in a crime she had nothing to do with, so she takes a ship and sails across the sea. But her life changes forever when pirates murder her crew and take prisoner the passengers. Welcome to The Scar.
Readers of Meiville’s Perdido Street Station will not be disappointed, for in his sequel Mieville raises the world-building and prose style bar several notches above an already incredibly high standard. Bellis (and the reader) are introduced to a floating city on the sea, a world just as complex and incredible as New Crobuzon. This is a free city, a pirate city, a city that exists on addition and salvage, a city controlled and lead by an enigmatic and creepy couple known only as The Lovers. The Scar, like book one, deftly combines astounding worlds with amusement park prose, both soaring high and then intentionally plummeting the reader into wonder, contemplation, and nail-biting thrills.