From the international bestselling M. R. Carey comes a thrilling tale set in the multiverse – the tale of humanity’s expansion across millions of dimensions, and the AI technology that might see it all come to an end . . . INFINITY IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.
The Pandominion: a political and trading alliance of a million worlds – except that they’re really just the one world, Earth, in many different realities. And when an AI threat arises that could destroy everything the Pandominion has built, they’ll eradicate it by whatever means necessary, no matter the cost to human life. Scientist Hadiz Tambuwal is looking for a solution to her own Earth’s environmental collapse when she stumbles across the secret of inter-dimensional travel. It could save everyone on her dying planet, but now she’s walked into the middle of a war on a scale she never dreamed of. And she needs to choose a side before it kills her.
Discover the start of the thrillingly original, mind-bending SF duology The Pandominion, from the author of the million-copy bestseller The Girl With All the Gifts. Perfect for fans of The Space Between Worlds, The Long Earth and Children of Time.
M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts has sold over a million copies and became a major motion picture, based on his own BAFTA Award-nominated screenplay.
Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels including the Felix Castor series (written as Mike Carey), two radio plays and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.
My thoughts: imagine if there really is a multiverse, millions of versions of Earth, sitting alongside each other, each slightly different to the previous. Imagine there’s a technology that allows to Step into each world. Now imagine a terrifying autocratic regime that controls a lot of those worlds, with augmented soldiers and the power to basically crush your planet’s. And they’re at war with robots – robots that are sort of alive.
It sounds really confusing, but it isn’t. Because like many books, it’s about people. A scientist, an AI, a giant bunny, a machine that doesn’t want to go home, a soldier and a man who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time really. Oh and a mysterious omniscient narrator.
It’s a sci fi novel with lots of twists and turns, lots of embracing the unknown and the terrifying, lots of action but also nobody really knows what they’re doing. But something does.
M.R. Carey is a brilliant writer, and this is an extremely readable, enjoyable book. I didn’t even pretend to understand what Hadiz did to develop her technology, physics is not my thing, but just went with it. Which is probably the default of most of the characters and everyone around them.
There’s some very funny moments, and some incredibly dark ones. I liked that it was set in Lagos and its mirror selves rather than New York or wherever, it was refreshing to read something set in a city that’s not familiar from a million other books, made me feel a bit like the characters – it’s like their homes but also, distinctly, not.
And the ending, no spoilers but I absolutely need book two immediately to find out what happens next!
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.