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By Ian Tregillis
Reviewed by Jason Pettus
Last month I gave a favorable review to Ian Tregillis' The Mechanical, part 1 of a coming alt-history trilogy that imagines what the world would be like if the Dutch Empire had managed to invent robots in the 1600s; so that's why I don't have much to say about volume 2 of the series, The Rising, that I didn't already say in that original review. Exactly more of the same, it's perhaps best not to think of these as three different books in the first place, but rather one super-long three-part saga that is well worth any alt-history fan's time, one of those perfect genre exercises that combines thought-provoking philosophical issues with fast-moving action set-pieces, all within a deeply well-thought-out alternative universe that will make minds race with the possibilities. A strong recommendation for sci-fi fans; although as always with genre novels like these, it can be easily skipped by those who aren't already aficionados.
Out of 10: 8.9, or 9.4 for fans of alt-history novels