A uniquely powerful novel of a society in decay. On a planet whose very nature is a mystery a massive decrepit city is pulled along a massive railway track, laying the line down before it as it progresses into the wilderness.
The society within toils under an oppressive regime, its structures always on the point of collapse, the lives of its individuals lived in misery. No one knows where they are going, why they are going or what they will find when they get there. The ending of the novel provides one of the most profound twists in SF.
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mind altering fun
Underwhelming-did Priest only write 1 good novel?
Christopher Priest books are a mixed bag - The Prestige was excellent, but the 2 others I've read are mediocre.
The premise is intriguing but the story is boring and the ending is really soft and lame.
The thick Scottish accent is really off-putting. I kept expecting him to start singing a Proclaimers song.....
I think the author wrote this book for the right reasons - for art's sake - but its just a boring and unsatisfying tale.