I’m actually amazed and proud of myself that I finished this book. I don’t have a lot of things to say here regarding the content of the book. I really wish I could say more but I’m not able to because I just don’t understand more than half of what happened here; the uncompromising zero exposition was too difficult for my first read. This is definitely a trilogy that requires a reread to fully understand what happened. If you’re not into a hard as fuck with zero exposition sci-fi, I seriously can’t recommend this trilogy to you. However, if you’re into them, this could truly be a masterpiece series for you. The fact that I finished this trilogy and this last book without understanding even a quarter of what actually was going on, goes to show just how good Rajaniemi’s writing was.
Picture: The Causal Angel Chinese edition cover
In the end, let’s just say this was the hardest and most complex trilogy I’ve ever read so far. If you’ve read the first book and you thought it was difficult, this in my opinion was like trying to compete in physics with Einstein at his prime even though my umbilical cord hasn’t been cut yet. This small last book alone (300 pages) to me felt ten times more complex and difficult to understand than Cixin Liu’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy. I will change this review in the future when I do reread this trilogy, but for now this is how I feel about this book. My overall experience reading this one was a 2 or 2.5 stars but I’ll give this the benefit of the doubt and raise it to 3 stars; I’m just wasn’t smart enough to understand this book.
The Quantum Thief: 3.5/5 stars
The Fractal Prince: 3.5/5 stars
The Causal Angel: 3/5 stars
Jean le Flambeur trilogy: 10/15 stars