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The City of Drowned Angels


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A bizarre and yet thoroughly enjoyable dystopian read set in the concrete city of Los Angeles.

I am no longer my own; even my own agency has been
wrested from my soul.

My first reaction upon finishing this book: What did I just read? For the more I think about the City of Drowned Angels, the less I feel I know about its subject, which is about the inner workings, more or less, of a distant future Los Angeles. The City of Drowned Angels is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. It is the story of Felix/Jesus, the Knight and Notsubject, whose persons and personas collide in intriguing and not entirely understandable ways. It's also about Darfore, the "maker" of this concrete city, although he doesn't play a large role until at least the halfway point.

We're treated to a frightening vision of a future concrete Los Angeles, where the higher up you live in the city's tall buildings, the more important you and your accomplishments are. And at the lowest levels, all manner of organisms and maleficence live, including killer creatures in the city's canals. Felix weaves his way through the ground level of the City of Drowned Angels, maneuvering his way around the canals and the various other areas he traverses.

It is difficult to describe Notsubject, an individual who is not quite human and not quite bot, whose existence has been one of torture and pain until he "escapes" in an attempt to explore the city.

A fair portion of this lengthy read takes place in the gaming world, which initially feels terribly disjointed and disconnected from the remainder of the book; eventually this all gels, but I personally wasn't much satisfied with how this ties together.

At its core, this book is about connections, and Crowther does a nice job eventually explaining the connections between the various characters. The City of Drowned Angels is worth a go if you have the time to invest in a long read. Alice in Wonderland fans might enjoy portions of it.

Many thanks to the author and Reedsy Discovery for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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I am a journalist for a weekly business newspaper by day and an avid reader by night. I love a good book but tend to gravitate towards dystopian reads and psychological thrillers, with a smattering of book club type reads thrown in for good measure.

The Pedestrian

About the author

Attorney by trade, father by heart and soul to two boys, writer by practice. I call Buffalo, NY my home and I love it! view profile

Published on November 30, 2019

90000 words

Genre: Science Fiction

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