THE QUANTUM THIEF
Rajaniemi’s debut is an absolutely incredible spin through a post-human solar system and a fascinating and gripping read. At its heart a heist novel featuring a tricky con man, this is endlessly inventive and compulsively readable. It’s one of the best books of the year.
Jean le Flambeur is a post-human thief and con man. Trapped in a Dilemma Prison, he is condemned to play endless variations of a theoretical game — until Mieli and her flirtatiously sentient spidership, Perhonen, break him out. In exchange for completing a task, Jean will be given his freedom. Meanwhile, in the Martian city of Oubliette, Isidore Beautrelet is working on an identity piracy case that brings him unwanted attention in the privacy-conscious Martian society. This leads to a new case, one featuring the legendary criminal, Jean le Flambeur. (TOR, May, 336 pp., $24.99)