Sure Derek Miller's novels are smart and full of heart and savvy . . . he's as dedicated as any writer I know to the proposition that readers should enjoy themselves, should delight in the experience of life and language. If our hearts get broken along the way, so much the better.
What astonishes and impresses me about Miller's books is how witty and entertaining they are in moments, and yet deeply resonant and meaningful as well. Whether tackling issues of war or race, Derek Miller goes to the heart of matters affecting how we as a civilisation live
As daring in execution as imagination, this adventure tale crackles with heart, charm and dark honesty
A page-turner that is both funny and sad, intelligent and full of hope. This is a must read from a writer of extreme talent and compassion
One of the most captivating epics I've read in ages, evoking a convincing sense of fragile social structure reminiscent of China Miéville at his best, in combination with a philosophical underpinning that lends real weight to the stakes. It reads like Mad Max as imagined by Neal Stephenson. It's luxuriantly immersive, truly transporting in a way that is invaluable during these trying times
If like me you loved Norwegian by Night, and American by Day, dive straight into Radio Life. It's a post-apocalyptic exploration of how we rebuild, but much more than that, it's a gripping, clever, frightening, funny adventure. Trust me, it's a good one
A complex mosaic novel filtered through the viewpoints of a large cast that builds a convincing picture of a future world riven by opposing ideologies
An ambitious detour into pure science fiction
Strong central women drive the story, which is often witty and always pulls you onto the next page. Radio Life is a return to form with (pun intended) knobs on
Witty, intelligent, thought-provoking and immensely entertaining . . . I know it is only January, but this is surely a candidate for the best novel of 2021
A lot of thought-provoking ideas but also this is wildly entertaining with lots of relationship drama and a good dose of edge-of-the-seat action
Philosophical, humorous, and heart-breaking in equal measure, Radio Life is a novel that grabs you from the very beginning and never lets up
Miller is a talented storyteller and one you start reading you are hooked
The book is gloriously readable from its opening sentence . . . I loved it. I just loved it
A highly engaging near future novel that is very enjoyable to read but will also have you thinking
An immersive and absorbing read
It's an adventure written in cinemascope!
A powerful, multi-layered political thriller set in a post-apocalyptic civilisation
Disturbing and philosophical, the reliable Derek B. Miller's latest shares its theme with Robert Harris's brilliant The Second Sleep
His world-building is enthralling; hundreds of tiny details enchant as he renders our civilisation strange by showing it through retrospective eyes
A smart and thought-provoking piece of work
Comparable with Hugh Howey's Wool, Radio Life is a deeply thought-provoking novel about redemption and history. A book I can't recommend highly enough.
Miller creates a fascinating yet credible setting, fills it with realistic characters and sets them on an unpredictable path. There's action and excitement, politics, philosophy and wisdom, a bit of nostalgia and ample laugh-out-loud moments to occasionally relieve the tension. Interesting, thought-provoking and often funny, this one is likely to appeal to fans of the genre
Offers an escape into an interesting and well-described world, and raises some interesting questions about the role of knowledge and mass communication for good and evil in our society, about whether censorship is ever a good idea, and how to choose what information needs to be preserved