Saturday 16 December 2023

Book Review: Tower by Bae Myung-hoon (Sci-Fi/Fiction)

Title: Tower
Author: Bae Myung-hoon
Publisher: Honford Star
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 253
Format: Paperback
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fiction
Source: Birthday Gift 

Tower is a series of interconnected stories set in Beanstalk, a 674-story skyscraper and sovereign nation. Each story deals with how citizens living in the hypermodern high-rise deal with various influences of power in their lives: a group of researchers have to tell their boss that a major powerbroker is a dog, a woman uses the power of the internet to rescue a downed fighter pilot abandoned by the government, and an out-of-towner finds himself in charge of training a gentle elephant to break up protests. Bae explores the forces that shape modern life with wit and a sly wink at the reader.


Tower was a fun collection of interconnected tales with a sci-fi twist all set in a futuristic high-rise. Some of the tales I found more amusing and interesting than others, but all of them had something to offer. The text featured a strong presence of political satire and social commentary hidden under wry humour. It was easy reading but still had intellectual depth. I would definitely read more works by this author in the future. I am giving this book four stars.

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