“The Demolished Man” by Alfred Bester Review

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The Demolished Man

Author: Alfred Bester

Release Date: 1952

** spoiler alert ** The first Hugo Award winner definitely earns points for originality. Although mainly a detective story, the scifi elements come into play with telepathy, space travel, and radically different views on reformation and rehabilitation.

I was really on board for most of the book, but the ending was a letdown in two regards. First, I’m always turned off by older books and movies where two characters meet and immediately profess their love for each other. This was compounded by the creepy father/daughter vibes of the relationship.

Second, the actual explanation of the title was a letdown as well; the creative way of destroying the bad guy was the climax of the novel, with Demolition seeming like an afterthought after so much buildup.

3-star

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