Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

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5 Critic Reviews

Alif the Unseen by G Willow Wilson is in part a novel about the need for faith, belief and religion in a technological age. It is also a passionate romance and a delirious urban fantasy.
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Synopsis

In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the "Hand of God," as they call the head of state security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.
 

About G. Willow Wilson

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G. Willow Wilson was born in New Jersey in 1982 and raised in Colorado. She is also the author of a memoir, The Butterfly Mosque, and the critically acclaimed comics Air and Vixen. She divides her time between Cairo and Seattle.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Grove Press. 448 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by Pauls Toutonghi on Aug 10 2012

For all its playfulness, “Alif the Unseen” is also at times unexpectedly moving, especially as it detours into questions of faith.

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 24 2012

“Alif the Unseen” has a dynamic, savvy style...There are also chaste stirrings of romance.

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Reviewed by Damien Walter on Dec 13 2012

Alif the Unseen by G Willow Wilson is in part a novel about the need for faith, belief and religion in a technological age. It is also a passionate romance and a delirious urban fantasy.

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Reviewed by Rachel Aspden on Oct 06 2012

It's a timely reminder that belief can be flexible and many-faceted from a first novel that is witty, imaginative and unorthodox in all senses.

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Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Jun 24 2013

This is a fantastic story filled with far more than meets the eye at first glance while being a great deal of fun to read.

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