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Alif the Unseen: Neverwhere + Ready Player One

I read Alif the Unseen while I was on vacation a few weeks ago, and it struck me as having a lot of similarities with Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. An ordinary person is swept into an adventure where he learns that there is a parallel world intertwined with ours full of fantastic characters and creatures.

To a lesser extent, it also reminded me of Ready Player One. While it isn't littered with fantastic 80s pop culture references, the first half of the book employs a similar quest-style plot complete with a large organization competing with vast resources to uncover the same secrets as the young protagonist. It also discusses the differences of interacting with people online in a virtual world, and how the identities and responsibilities might differ in real life.

I would definitely recommend it if you liked either of the above for those reasons. It's an easy, engaging read and also an interesting look into Middle Eastern politics.

(My full review is on Goodreads.)

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