Book Review: Slingers by Matt Wallace

Sling City is home to elite athletes–sumo wrestlers, stick fighters, and football stars–who fight and die for sport. But Sling City is more than an arena, it’s home to its own society separate from Earth below. The secrets kept there are about to come out in the middle of the Games, and the men and women living in Sling City will have no choice but to follow the thread of a disturbing mystery in the middle of their home.

Slingers by Matt Wallace is the first book in a series of five novellas set in Sling City. It’s very much science fiction, and that’s normally my cup of tea. That made be a bit apprehensive when I picked up this book because I struggle to imagine the worlds/scenery. While reading Slingers was a bit tough for the first twenty-five pages, I’m glad that I stuck with it. I really got into the mystery starting to present itself at the end of the story, and I can’t wait to pick up the next novella.

This story started off pretty slow as Matt Wallace introduced the characters and their interconnected relationships. I understood why he spent that time doing introductions, and I eventually appreciated learning about them. I’m sure I’ll appreciate it more in the next one.

In the past, I’ve stated in reviews that I really dislike when novels leave me hanging in an attempt to get me to buy the next book. But such an ending didn’t bother me with Slingers. Maybe it was because I knew getting into this one that it was only part one of five. The length (only 35 pages) also probably had something to do with it.

I’m going to hold off rating Slingers until I finish the entire series. For now, though, I’m looking forward to the next book.

Slingers by Matt Wallace is available as an eBook and was originally published in February 2014.

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