What’s most rewarding about the season so far is seeing this band of fools become more efficient and ruthless.
Burns weaves Doug’s dream life into the two books along with his memories, creating one continuous hallucinatory, cascading narrative that skips across different times and realities.
Tool is the only POV character who’s not a child or teenager, acting as a manifestation of everything bestial and violent in humans—a god, as it were, of war.
Like a lucid dreamer, Jemisin takes real-world influences as diverse as ancient Egyptian culture and Freudian/Jungian dream theory and unites them to craft a new world that feels both familiar and entirely new.
Marcus literalizes the intense pain language can cause on both intimate and global scales by turning it into a virulent agent produced by humans.
Because pop culture is a global consensus of sorts that exists outside the divisive lines of ideologies and nations, it’s where ideas have the most value, the widest reach.
The straightforward story gives the novel the impression of a child’s nightmare, rife with archetypes gleaned from the darkest gems of myth, folklore, and pop culture.