Cubeball by Michael Leon
Length: Full Length (286 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Rose
A naturally gifted ex-national champion and a savant with a computer-like mind compete against the world’s best in the 22nd century’s most popular sport – CUBEBALL – the chess-like, technology-enhanced, snooker of the future where the world stage is dominated by gambling, drugs and massive audiences.
Mr. Leon has done it again – brought us an exciting story with some wonderful characters. As the story is not told linearly, we get a chance to see Mickey’s background while at the same time living his present day live with him. We get a chance to see the underside of the professional sports heroes (and wonder if our own professional sports heroes fall prey to some of the same kinds of things).
The characters are where Mr. Leon really shines through—they are richly drawn and by the end of the book you feel like you really know them.
The world building is wonderful – I feel like I was really there. I hope Mr. Leon sets future books in this world. I would love to revisit it.
This author is quickly becoming part of my “look for new releases” list!