The Best of All Possible Worlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds

eBook - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Karen Lord's debut novel, the multiple-award-winning -- Praise for -- RT Book Reviews "A rewarding, touching and often funny exploration of the forms and functions of human culture."--SFX "Multiple award-winner Lord's latest is rewarding science fiction for emotional grown-ups."--Mysterious Galaxy "The Best of All Possible Worlds ... poses an interesting question: What parts of you do you fight to preserve when everything you know suddenly changes?"--Associated Press.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2013
ISBN: 9780345534064
Characteristics: 1 online resource
data file


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Apr 18, 2018

Karen Lord is one of my new favorite SciFi authors and I look forward to reading more books by her. The world-building and complex characters of this universe are rich fodder for a succession of books—though not necessarily a series as this book stands alone.
I was very fond of the chatty and protagonist and liked the way the author gave us the backstories on the various civilizations and worlds in this universe.
The book was also completely to my taste as there was no violence to speak of and any romance was both subtle and integral to the plot.

Oct 18, 2017

I am not happy about the white faces on the cover. It is central to the story that Grace has brown skin, and there is a quote about dark skin and golden eyes, that makes the cover that much more irritating.

Overall the story is a good. What a nice relief to have a love story built on the characters getting to know one another. It did get slow in spots, but over all great.

Oct 19, 2016

This was a slow paced, but well written and curiously thought of story about intercultural interactions and the cultural ramifications of a catastrophic event on a culture of people. I really loved it.

cmlibrary_myork Dec 14, 2015

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I wanted to from the effusive reviews about its originality. I first picked up the sequel and then chose to start with the first book, even though the second can be read as a stand-alone.

The book's exploration of the cultural adaptation of an endangered society is interesting, but short, I felt, on plot. The reticence of one of the main characters (who is also one of the two narrators), though an integral aspect to his personality, did not lend itself to an intimate perspective for the reader.

May 14, 2015

SiFi romance. Well done great timing. Worthy read indeed.

Aug 08, 2014

thoroughly enjoyable. did not want to put down as the prose flowed effortlessly.

Aug 11, 2013

Karen Lord won a well-deserved Frank Collymore Award for the best work of fiction in Barbados for her first novel, the quietly stunning Redemption in Indigo.

Though not as good as her first, her second novel is well-worth your time, especially if you like sci-fi, chapters with self-contained plots, or romances with black women in the lead role.

It's basically a fun little sci-fi romance, but there's also some very smart playing with classic science fiction and fantasy tropes. The hero and heroine visit a different sci-fi setting in each chapter and have varied adventures as their friendship slowly deepens into love. There's also some subtle but lovely imagining of future worlds based in Caribbean culture.

A good choice when you want to read something light but not dumb, and especially interesting for those of us interested in more racial and ethnic diversity in science fiction.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at DPL

To Top