“City of Illusions” by Ursula K. Le Guin Review


City of Illusions

Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Release Date: 1967

Out of the first three books in the Hainish Cycle, this one had the best plot. The story is of a unique man named Falk who has no recollection of who he is, and so he travels to the find out about his past. Along the way there are several cool civilizations and plenty of plot twists, with the ‘who do you trust’ angle getting stretched until the end. There were also a few nice call backs to the earlier books in the series.

Why only three stars? At this point, the style was pretty familiar in all three books, and because the main character was so reactive and plain it took a long time until I became invested in the story. The ending also was blink and you’ll miss it sudden. There was 1/3 of this book from about the middle to just before the end that was really great.



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