Review: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. (Neal Stephenson, Nicolle Galland)

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel - Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland


Publisher: William Morrow (2017)

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Fantasy


Could have been great, but it lacked focus in a big way. We were explained all the science but not the magic. Also, I felt like I was reading the notes of the entire backstory. There are things that don't need to be there.

Mainly, I got the feeling that the plot was really thin, so the authors just shoved lots of info about how DODO developed over 5 years, memos, staff convos, parties, amongst other stuff.

There was some action sprinkled throughout, but mostly it was this and then the climax, which was... disapointing. And open.

So, overall, while all the info-dumpy backstory was cool to an extent, it didn't advance the plot and this book is huge. There was just too much detail, too much minutiae about everyday stuff in a government funded organization, sometimes... it was boring. I'm guessing that without the info-dump it would be roughly 300 pages or something.