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The Sky Lords (Sky Lords, #1) by John Brosnan

Now, this is what I call SF. Very good SF. The protagonist is a young women who grows up in a post genetic wars society. The world where she lives is ruled by nobility flying around in zeppelins (hence the name sky lords.) Sounds interesting?

Furthermore, she lives in an Amazon feminist kind of society, where women are genetically engineered to be taller and stronger than men because women are by nature less violent....Someone got it in their head that it would be good idea if they (the ladies) are in charge of things. She seems to be a little shorter than the average (and has her own insecurities about that), but still very much an Amazon.

However, our young protagonist is taken from this interesting society  and has to ,more or less, struggle desperately for her life for the rest of the novel. 

Besides our lovely protagonist, the only character that stands out for me is Milo- intelligent, sadist, manipulative- he is superbly portrayed. It is ironical that he is all things that his name would imply he isn't. (In Slavic languages his name could be translated as sweet or gentle etc) The novel does explore the dark side of humankind more often then not and Milo could be considered the incarnation of that dark side.

Brosnan was very imaginative about possible uses of genetic manipulation and engineering and the consequences it could have on human society. He does seem to have a lot of ideas about it and in his hands this topic doesn't feel as something already seen to many times.
As I said, very good sf.


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