Science Fantasy

Review: Technomancer by B.V. Larson

TECHNOMANCER by B.V. Larson reviewed at
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Title: Technomancer (Unspeakable Things #1)

Author: B.V. Larson

Genre: Science Fantasy

Format: Paperback

Back cover:

When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash?

After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: he is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural—which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute. It seems he is one of a special breed, a person with unusual powers. He’s also the prime suspect in a string of murders linked by a series of seemingly mundane objects. The deeper he digs and the harder he works to clear his name, the more Quentin realizes that some truths are better off staying buried…


I picked this book up on a whim – wandering through the library while my boyfriend tried to decide on a book, the title caught my eye. The back cover seemed vaguely interesting, so I threw it on my pile and didn’t give it another thought.

Quentin was okay. At first, I thought I’d like him – having no memory definitely gave me some sympathy for him, and he certainly seemed to have an interesting job and past. But as the story moved on, he got more and more heartless and violent, and I found whatever liking I had for him slipping away.

The other characters I liked even less. Okay, I didn’t mind Jenna, the overemotional, hard-headed bride, but the rest of them ranged from “you’re not always right, idiot” to “I absolutely hate you.” And almost everybody was an antagonist most of the time.

As far as plot goes, the how/why-did-Tony-die thing gets forgotten about pretty quickly. The first half is pretty much figure-out-what’s-going-on, which I really enjoyed. Plus there was the nice touch of Quentin having no memory, so no one really explains things because they expect him to already know it.

The fun part is really figuring everything out along with Quentin. At first, I thought the idea of this kinda-magic was going to be really cool and I would enjoy reading about it. But once I understood it, I didn’t enjoy it as much.

The last half of Technomancer turned into a stand-up-for-the-little-guy, save-the-world, impending-war kind of thing, and it was honestly kinda boring. Since the characters ranged from mediocre to frustrating, figuring things out was the only thing that kept me reading through the first half. I only finished the book out of a vague sense of curiosity, followed by “there’s only 50 pages left, I might as well.”

Technomancer probably wasn’t worth finishing, honestly. I enjoyed the first half, but then it fell apart. Out of the two hours it took to read this, I wasted about an hour. Besides all the bad stuff I probably shouldn’t be reading about (see my grading card), I really just didn’t care.

The Unspeakable Things series:

  1. Technomancer
  2. The Bone Triangle
  3. The Elixir

Report Card

For more on my grading system, check out this page.TECHNOMANCER scored a 2.0 (D) and a final verdict of "don't read"


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