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A stunning and propulsive debut novel

A stunning and propulsive debut novel
Alif the Unseen has been chosen for the July 2012 Indie Next list, “Great Reads from Booksellers you Trust”.
 

 

I loved this book and highly recommend it, I could not put it down. If you are wondering what to read next read Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson.

A stunning and propulsive debut novel that blends the irresistible pull of the best cyberpunk and slipstream with the enchantment of Middle Eastern mythology, an irresistible Arab spring cyber-fantasy novel.

With shades of William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif is a tour de force debut—a sophisticated melting pot of philosophy, religion, technology, and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.

Book description-

The eponymous hero of Alif the Unseen, Alif is a hacker, half-Indian and half-Arab, who is known only by his internet handle, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. He supports himself protecting his clients—watched groups vulnerable to government surveillance, from democracy activists to radical Islamists to pornographers.
As the book opens, three things happen. Intisar–the beautiful aristocrat whom Alif has fallen in love with online–informs him that her family has forced her into an arranged marriage, and they cannot see each other anymore. She informs him she never wants to see or hear his name again.

Soon, Alif realizes the Hand has hacked his system. The Hand is an aristocrat, Alif learns, realizing he must be Intisar’s fiancé. As a parting gift, Intisar sends a package containing a copy of the Alf Yeom, the Thousand and One Days—it’s a message from Intisar, but Alif doesn’t know what it means. As he and Dina—a childhood friend and neighbor, and a devout Muslim—approach the duplex their families share, Alif spots a detective from State Security in front of his door, waiting for him. He sends Dina in to get his computer, and they run away to Alif’s friend Abdullah’s place, where Alif destroys his computer system remotely. From this point on, Alif and Dina are on the run in a dangerous city, with both literal and digital pursuers.

In order to evade State Security, they decide to seek out Vikram the Vampire, an underworld figure whose story has become urban legend, who they think they can pay to protect them. …..

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