Plot/Idea: Cato's Choice is a layered sci-fi story that unfolds in the twenty-third century in the 'People's State of California.' Initially, Pill introduced dramatic worldbuilding elements that will capture the reader's attention. However, as the novel progresses, these attributes are somewhat diluted by aggressive pacing and thin characters.
Prose: Pill's prose comes off as rather rushed and unfocused, flitting from character to setting to exposition without settling in long enough to give them the full attention they deserve.
Originality: Cato's Choice introduces some clever maneuvers and competent worldbuilding, but ultimately it falls short of truly innovative.
Character Development/Execution: Pill's cast is intriguing, but ultimately difficult to connect with, particularly Cato, whose reactions frequently feel blasé and out of place with the story's events. The novel's breakneck pacing prevents in-depth character development.
Date Submitted: August 30, 2022