Altered Carbon is the first in a trilogy by Richard K. Morgan that follows Takeshi Lev Kovacs as he sets out to solve a murder/suicide. With it being set in the future there are plenty of sci-fi themes and some really powerful questions put to the reader regarding humanity and technology.
So, how was it?
This is one of those things that people will either love or hate. Internal monologue, there’s a lot of it. In my opinion it suits the whole theme of the book. There’s a lot for a person to understand and the constant internal struggle of adapting to the ideas this futuristic world brings are brilliantly highlighted through this.
For some, this will make things seem a little long winded as a lot of the time it doesn’t advance the story, but I absolutely loved the reflection on the world. There are a lot of themes and topics that could have been skipped by, but this perspective was constantly there and I loved it.
I loved the story and at first I was worried that the Netflix show was based entirely off the book, scene for scene, but they quickly pull apart. The book feels a lot more satisfying in it’s conclusion and definitely feels like it has much better villains.
Throughout I was constantly guessing what was going to happen next, and I thoroughly enjoyed Kovacs point of view throughout.
One of my only complaints was that some of the supporting characters felt pretty poor. They were there, and the interactions between Kovac and them was always entertaining, but a lot of them got very little page time.
Also, there were a few scenes that I felt could have benefited from being a little more fleshed out, but it might have upset the pacing.
The performance was solid throughout and the narrator did a really good job capturing the different characters. The voices were different enough to help me distinguish who was speaking at any time which really added to the depth.
It was a little slow in places, but the narrator did a fantastic job bringing even these portions to life.
If you’re a sci-fi fan then this is a must read. It can be a little slow at times, but the themes throughout are really powerful and the story is great. I absolutely loved reading this book and can’t wait to check out the second in the trilogy.
A worthwhile read and I’d definitely recommend it!
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