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Alif the Unseen - G. Willow Wilson I picked up this book at my library at a strangely perfect time. It was the day after the Boston Marathon bombings, and during the debate about CISPA. I had no idea this was relevant to what was going on in the news - I had only heard that it was good fantasy. In fact, Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson is Muslim cyber punk urban fantasy for the digital age - a new and unusual genre blending for sure, but one that Wilson's perfectly polished prose worked into a beautiful tale relevant to the most important happenings of today.In the book, Alif is a hacker living in an unnamed Middle Eastern city, suffering under a corrupt regime bent on censorship, especially the digital variety. What begin as girl troubles quickly become a deadly fight for freedom - and his life - as Alif and his band of friends fight the good fight. Before he knows it, he has begun a revolution, and Alif finds himself in the position of being a hero when all he really wanted was the love of a girl.This book is not just beautifully written and an engaging read - it is important. It addresses many of the most perplexing issues of our modern world, and it does it without tedium or sanctimony. Alif the Unseen is a must-read.Read this review and more on my blog .