Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Vault Books
Release date: February 17th 2017
Davis’s job as a cop on Snapshot Duty is straight forward. Sometimes he is tasked with finding where a criminal dumped a weapon. Sometimes he is tasked with documenting domestic disputes. Simple. Mundane. One day, in between two snapshot assignments, Davis decides to investigate the memory of a call that was mysteriously never logged at the precinct, and he makes a horrifying discovery.
I need a new start, in real life.
Snapshot is… strange. There’s no better word to describe it. It’s a complex and twisted novella. The characters are flawed, the world-building is a bit confusing but super interesting, and the main concept of Snapshot and its execution are really cool.
Brandon Sanderson sure knows how to surprise readers. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this. His writing is engaging and the narrative is intriguing, and the fast pace makes this for a pretty quick read. The only thing is that it leaves you not knowing what to do with yourself after it’s done.
I’m honestly having a hard time reviewing this. There is not much I can say without giving away the plot completely. Just know that this happens in a distant future, and we follow Davis and his partner as they walk through a Snapshot, trying to help solve a crime. A Snapshot is kind of like a virtual copy of a certain moment in real life, encompassing all of the people and places that exist there.
The world-building in itself is a little complicated. At the beginning it’s very difficult to understand what’s going on, but you slowly get used to the terminology Sanderson uses. I was surprised at the complexity of it, with this being just 129 pages long. There’s a lot of depth to it and definitely enriches the story.
The plot is filled with twists and turns. I actually had to take a moment after I finished reading it because the twist at the end is just… mindblowing. It totally catches you by surprise, but looking back you can see all the tiny bits that lead up to it. The execution is amazing, and Sanderson deserves all the praise for pulling something like this off.
In the end, Snapshot is the perfect novella for anyone who likes doubting their own reality and place in the world. It has a lot of action and a satisfying ending packed into just a few pages. Recommended to Sci-Fi fans, especially anyone who likes virtual realities and the questions they bring.