Review: The Quantum Thief

The Quantum Thief
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Deep and complex techno-SF with intriguing worlds and entities living in those worlds. It took me quite some hard work to get involved in this book, with all kinds of jargon. I am going to Google/Wikipedia some to figure out what I missed.

Halfway the book, the action and flow started for me and that continued to near the end, where I again sometimes lost it. I’d recommend to read this in as few installments as possible, because you need to immerse yourself.

To get a taste of the writing, this quote is pretty exemplary:

your husband was exactly the kind of person the gogol pirates would be interested in, a specialised mind,’ Isidore says. ‘The Sobornost have an endless appetite for deep learning models, and they are obsessed with human sensory modalities, especially taste and smell

I did like the time-as-a-currency theme. One character, (Christian Unruh) is a “millenniaire” (rich in time).

A short summary (spoler alert!) is given near the end of the book in one paragraph, that also aptly describes the vocabulary that is used in the book:
(view spoiler)

Isidore takes a deep breath. ‘An interplanetary thief is building a picotech machine out of the city itself while the cryptarchs take over people’s minds to try to destroy the zoku colony in order to stop the tzaddikim from breaking their power,’ he says. ‘I want to stop them both.’ He pauses. ‘Also, I think the thief is my real father.’

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