Review: When the Sparrow Falls by Neil Sharpson

Author: Neil Sharpson
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: June 29, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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Looking for a new dystopian science fiction novel to dive into? Check out Neil Sharpson’s When the Sparrow Falls.

Agent Nikolai South has learned two important rules during his time in the Caspian Republic. Rule number one: trust no one. Rule number two: work just hard enough to avoid making enemies, but not too hard.

South’s life is about to get thrown into a pit of turmoil, as he’s set to guard the first machine ever allowed into the country. Only… there’s something personal about this case, as the widow looks far too much like his late wife for comfort.



“Power is a poison.”


When the Sparrow Falls is a fascinating specimen to come from the world of science fiction. Throw in the dystopian undercurrent, and you’ve got something really compelling and borderline haunting about the whole thing.

In other words: I really enjoyed When the Sparrow Falls. The world is a particular blend that I love – tech and dystopian themes that are hard to find done right. Yet the balance here is perfect, and it didn’t distract from South’s story in the least.

If anything, it enhanced it, as his story goes from being that of a typical agent to something so much more personal. I was expecting that twist (thanks to the book’s description), and yet I was still blown away by what followed.

Thanks to Tor Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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