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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Hope Runners of Gridlock is a work of fiction in the science fiction, action, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Simon de la Rouviere. The work is intended for mature reading audiences and contains explicit language usage throughout, with moderate sexual references and scenes of a violent but non-graphic nature. In this conceptual and atmospheric novel, we find ourselves in a city made of static vehicles, transformed into businesses, homes, and the like. Protagonist Flora Kaigo’s father was a Hope Runner, sent into the anomaly to work out how their world became this way, but that was twenty years ago. And it’s only when one Runner finally returns that Flora’s life truly begins.
Author Simon de la Rouviere has crafted a highly engrossing, slick, and enjoyable science fiction read with a gorgeous balance of classic touches and modern thinking. One of the things which I particularly enjoyed about the work was the immense work put into the worldbuilding and atmosphere, from the relatable but interesting professions and situations of the lively ensemble cast, through to the ways in which the central mystery unfolds with clever exposition and plenty of plot twists. I felt like I was living in Gridlock from start to finish with clarity and a sweeping sense of time and place. I was right on Flora’s shoulder through every tense and triumphant moment. Overall, I would highly recommend Hope Runners of Gridlock as a vivid masterpiece with cinematic storytelling and an accomplished and conceptual plot. An unmissable read.