I love many different kinds of fiction, but fantasy and sci-fi have always been high on my list. Straw Men is an engaging piece of sci-fi with a lot of emotion and a well-written friendship between the two main characters. It reminds me of the book Shade by Emily Devenport, or the Matador series by Steve Perry. The former is set in the future, with frank discussions of prostitution, and the later is also futuristic with the author just dropping you into the world in a full-immersion experience. No, you might not know what this or that term means, but the author isn't going to stop to explain. You pick most of it up by context, and you're too busy enjoying the story to do anything but go along with the flow. There's no need to slow down for heavy exposition, there's a world to be involved with! I love the style of the story and how the world is just built up around the characters in my mind with every new paragraph. By the end, I felt I could see their gritty world, with the lights shining down from above, but barely illuminating them.
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