Crashing Heaven

Tor.com

‘Seriously satisfying cyberpunk action meets thoughtful moral philosophy with a dash of detective noir and a supersized side of striking science in Crashing Heaven—the year’s best debut to date, and make no mistake.’

https://www.tor.com/2015/06/15/book-reviews-crashing-heaven-by-al-robertson/

Strange Horizons

‘In addition to a multi-faceted, shifting metaphor of puppets and puppet strings that recurs throughout the plot, Robertson also employs lots of subtle literary references, from Orpheus and Eurydice (with reversed roles) via Jack and the Beanstalk (an almost obvious one, considering the name of our protagonist and what his mission turns into) to the Lost Boys from Peter Pan (when Jack encounters a group of hidden children taken offweave for protection). Above all, as the title suggests, Crashing Heaven is a Promethean adventure. And Jack and Hugo are definitely returning fire to—or should that be at?—the gods. It is a lot of fun to read, and you can tell that it must have been fun to write too…’

http://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/reviews/crashing-heaven-by-al-robertson/

Maxim Jabukowski

‘Incredibly original and with the impact that NEUROMANCER once had, this will leave you both breathless and laughing as the deadly puppet is somewhat profane at best and anything but cuddly. Robertson also evokes a melancholy touch that contrasts strongly with the non-stop action and provides the book with another level of appeal. I can’t wait for the next volume (although this one does read quite independently).’

https://www.lovereading.co.uk/book/14354/Crashing-Heaven-by-Al-Robertson.html

For Winter Nights

‘Crashing Heaven is an incredible novel. It’s original, quirky, clever, witty and disturbing, packed full of ideas and extraordinary characters and personalities. Crashing Heaven is unbelievably Al Robertson’s debut novel – what a fantastic achievement it is and what a new voice we have to listen out for.’

https://forwinternights.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/crashing-heaven-by-al-robertson/

Jaine Fenn

‘You could describe Crashing Heaven as post cyberpunk space-noire, but that sells the book short. It does start with an exile returning to his home town (actually a space station) to face unsolved murders and unresolved emotional entanglements – a fairly standard set-up. But then you start to realise the depth, wit and skill in the book, how it works on many levels: as adventure, as metaphysical exploration, as  social satire.’

http://www.jainefenn.com/2015/06/review-crashing-heaven/

Val Nolan

‘As much as Crashing Heaven is packed with ideas, Robertson also possesses the descriptive muscle to back them up. Indeed, as a consistently arresting and carefully paced novel combining striking characterisation with a masterclass in worldbuilding, the clever, cynical Crashing Heaven might well be the science fiction debut of the year.’

https://illusorypromise.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/puppet-vies-with-puppet-master-in-thrilling-cyberpunk-debut/

SFandF Reviews

‘Come for the running through corridors shooting things, or for the altering virtual realities to break into secured areas, and stay for the quiet conversations between a man and the AI which will eventually kill him. Very much worth the read.’

http://sfandfreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/crashing-heaven-al-robertson.html