Five stars for a debut book. "Compile:Quest" is strange and interesting -- and made me feel old.
I guess I haven't been reading much sci fi lately. I'm also aware that there were references to real world things that completely passed me by.
"Compile: Quest" is ambitious, but juggles well its multiple plot lines and characters. It's building the sort of world you can immerse yourself in.
I have a personal preference towards greater resolution in individual instalments of a series - but that's just personal preference.
There is a starkness to the world, imagery and language that works. Hints of mysteries to be solved keep you reading. Sometimes things jarred - but the story is meant to be jarring.
This was a good step-out from my current comfort re-reading.