The Stars My Destination

Alfred Bester
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The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester


For some reason, The Stars My Destination took quite a few chapters to hook my attention. Part of that may have been the initially unlikeable main character, Gully Foyle. Another part might have been the disconnected episodes and disjointed nature. By the halfway point of the novel, however, I was hooked and wanted to know just how it would all end. A good part of that was Gully Foyle also, transforming and taking command of the situation.

I won't go into plot points, as other reviewers have done plenty there. I will point out how this novel used mega-corporations as effectively as any cyberpunk novel, and how synesthesia plays a major role towards the end.

This is a five-star work, with half a star knocked off for generally treating women as property (with the exception of a few powerful characters) and general racism. I wonder how different the original four part stories were to the novel. Looking forward to reading more Alfred Bester in the near future!