Wild Massive

Tor.com. Feb. 2023. 496p. ISBN 9781250767745. $29.99. SF
At the heart of the multiverse, entire worlds are compressed into the Building, a colossal skyscraper and media empire that is ruled by the all-powerful Association. The endless floors are accessed by elevators. Carissa, an unsociable survivor, has seized one for herself, and she aimlessly explores until a shapeshifter drops atop her elevator. Andasir is Shai-Manak, an enemy of the Association, and ze seeks to prevent an apocalyptic attack. Unexpectedly swept up into an interdimensional war, they flee to the Wild Massive, a futuristic theme park that thrives on the lies that paint over the genocide of Carissa’s people. While a bit heavy with info-dumping at times, this is an immersive and unique sci-fi fantasy adventure. It’s compelling in a sociological sense, featuring a society that is blinded by its own complacency and overindulgence. Carissa and Andasir are relatable characters with murky motivations, but the vast theme park setting really drives the story with a good blend of magic and science.
VERDICT The latest from Moore (Battle of the Linguist Mages) is perfect for those who enjoy offbeat sci-fi where the weak stand up to the strong.
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