The most experimental work yet from a boldly adventurous novelist... it both demands and rewards a more ruminative reading
Allan challengingly evokes a world of paranoia and delusion
The finest author currently writing regardless of genre... (Conquest) is both beautifully written and formally experimental... a haunting, thought-provoking speculative masterpiece, a riveting demonstration of an artist in masterful control of her material.
In this outstanding, beautifully controlled novel, Allen explores the smudged edges of fear and paranoia, belief and credulity, where she finds a sweet spot shimmering with truth and a strange beauty.
Formally inventive and utterly readable
In its themes of misinformation, potential microbiological Trojan horses and conspiracy, Conquest can also be read in total as a joyously fantastical and elaborate Covid-19 allegory; if so, it is surely the best book yet to emerge from the pandemic.
A truly bold and inventive piece of work. It deserves to make Nina Allan famous.
This is one of the best books I've read this year.
A powerful exploration into the human need to make connections.
Absorbing . . . her best novel yet.