An enjoyable fast-paced novel about a hacker in a middle eastern country who gets compromised and in trying to escape falls with the world of the “unseen”. I don’t normally feel that drawn to books that deal with the contemporary, high-tech world, but in this case I felt it was fairly well done. I enjoyed the mix of fantasy/religion with the contemporary theme, and I thought there were several insightful quotes about religion and Islam in particular. However, as a programmer I have high standards for descriptions of programming in novels, and I didn’t feel that this quite lived up to those standards. I think putting programming in a novel is a tough thing to do, and the author clearly knows a bit about it, but she got into some questionable territory. Overall I recommend Alif the Unseen, but don’t expect the next greatest fantasy novel ever.