PRAISE FOR CHINA MIÉVILLE Embassytown “I cannot emphasize enough how terrific this novel is. It's definitely one of the best books I've read in the past year, perfectly balanced between … see full wiki
China Mieville is a mixed bag for me and Embassytown just didn’t do it for me. It has an overly complicated plot, bloated pretentious writing style, shallow characters, and clumsy pacing.
Without going into a lot of detail on the plot, which would take several pages to do “justice” to, this novel is about a backwater world colonized by humans. They share the planet with the native Ariekei who have a strange language that very few humans can understand or speak. Humans have to be genetically altered to speak the aliens, who are “ambassadors.”
The primary character is Avice Benner Cho who is a human colonist who through a very strange process is “part of” the Ariekei language (don’t ask, please).
A breech between the humans and Ariekei ensue and the native being stage a revolt that all centers around their language.
Sound confusing? It is. Sound like a great novel? Think again.