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Lee can change her gender and ethnicity at will, allowing her to slip freely through New York society. She thought she was the only "polymorph"... until a chance encounter with another of her kind. Now it's up to Lee to stop the renegade shapeshifter who is plotting to control the information technology in a postindustrial world, where illusion wear the face of reality, anLee can change her gender and ethnicity at will, allowing her to slip freely through New York society. She thought she was the only "polymorph"... until a chance encounter with another of her kind. Now it's up to Lee to stop the renegade shapeshifter who is plotting to control the information technology in a postindustrial world, where illusion wear the face of reality, and the prize is power absolute......

Title : Polymorph
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ISBN : 9780451456601
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 276 Pages
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Polymorph Reviews

  • Elizabeth Wallace
    2019-05-06 13:18

    I would've given this one four stars, except it suffers from some INCREDIBLY bad pacing about halfway through. I mean the first half you're following the main character around as she uses her shape-shifting talent to worm her way into all the right clubs and hook up with all the right people, and then we get SO BOGGED DOWN with the search for the bad guy. Pages and PAGES and pages of ...tracking them through the computer. And looking at their finances. And logging into the main library to find the restaurant that zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... I mean the description of the OPERA they went to just DEFIES imagination with its boring-ness. By the time it picks up again I'd already gotten really annoyed with the story, and despite a pretty excellent ending that Westerfeld had been setting up for the entire book without you knowing it, I was still kinda ticked. Still a fun read for the most part though, just be prepared to start skimming at times.

  • SR
    2019-05-12 18:30

    TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR EVERYTHING: hamfisted handling of LGBT, gender, dis/ability, and race issues - I mean, you can see he's generally decent and has thought carefully about things for at least five minutes or so - probably a lot more, I am not giving him enough credit as I am writing this review at 3AM having just finished the book - but his overwhelming straight white dude-ness nevertheless manifests somewhat unpleasantly every so often. Also, sexual assault.This book outshines everything else Westerfeld has written aside from maybe Peeps. Dude should rock out with the cyberpunk/biopunk/horror/erotica thing a little more.

  • Hoyt
    2019-04-26 16:26

    This was really hard to find, but worth the search, in my opinion. I really liked it. The setting of the book reminded me a lot of William Gibson's work, which helped to sell it for me. The central premise of the book (the polymorphing) was handled in a very interesting way, and the main character of the book was quite complex. I would have liked to learn more of the back story on the big bad, since the end of the story came a bit quickly, but overall quite a good first novel.

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-13 15:42

    Another early Westerfeld novel. Lots of sex, plenty of violence, and an examination of how the way we look affects everything else about who we are. Plus, more sex and violence.

  • Emily Buehler
    2019-05-18 20:23

    I struggled with how to rate this because I couldn't decide if it is the book or me.It was too graphic for me right from the start, but I kept going because it was Scott Westerfeld and I've loved all his other books. The violence and sex calmed down after a few chapters, and I enjoyed the story--couldn't put it down. I also began to like Lee, the protagonist, as the story progressed--she became more human when she formed relationships with Freddie and Sam, and she was admirably endangering herself to save the lives of others.Toward the end, when Lee terrorizes the opera writer and tells Freddie she was doing it to get them out of the building safely (which didn't make any sense), I started to dislike her again. She continued to be harsh and mean. I thought that maybe it was just poor writing--to have a character suddenly acting different. But then the ending came and I realized it did make sense, because Lee really is going to turn into a horrible monster. After scenes ten times as graphic as the initial ones (torture! mutilation! violence! rape!), the bad guy is finally defeated, and I breathed a sigh of relief, glad I only had one chapter to go, thinking it would be easy... and then I read the last page, in which it is revealed that Lee will terrorize Freddie and, I presumed, use her new-found power to do evil. I felt horrible.I put the book down but couldn't stop thinking about it. It makes me feel ill each time I remember the ending. I can't decide if I should keep it on the shelf with all my other Westerfeld books, or pass it on so I never have to see it again. I know authors can write whatever they want, and such a haunting ending must be good writing, right? But I feel betrayed.So I hated it, but I rated it as average because I thought the plot was satisfying. On the down side, there were hints of an interesting history and world, but never enough information to make it truly interesting--at first a hint might be enough, but by the end I was tired of the hints never developing into anything more substantial. I wondered if there was a complete world built behind the story or not. I think it is worth reading, but only if the violence will not upset you.

  • Chandler Atkinson
    2019-05-21 18:18

    Scott Westerfeld is one of my all-time favorite authors, so I was very excited to finally get my hands on a copy of his first book. While the story is interesting, it leans too much into heavy descriptions which take you out of the reading. I also found the gender essentialism/transphobia pretty hard to swallow, Also a heads up - theres quite a violent rape scene near the end that I was not prepared for.

  • Flint
    2019-05-05 15:42

    Gifted with the ability to change her gender and ethnicity at will, a young woman moves anonymously through a futuristic New York City society. She thinks she's unique...until she happens upon another of her kind, one who is all-too willing to use his abilities for his own sinister ends. Now she must stop this renegade shape-shifter out to seize control of the entire post-industrial world where illusion wears the face of reality and the ultimate prize is absolute power!That is the synopsis to the book as presented on Goodreads. Sounds interesting right? Unfortunately what it doesn't tell you is that it's a complete overexaggeration if not an outright lie, of what you will actually find within the pages. The antagonist does virtually nothing you would consider "sinister" in the book. He certainly has made no plans to seize control of anything. Milica uses her powers to look good, remain anonymous and go to night clubs and have sex. That's basically the entire book, with the exception of her meeting another polymorph ("Bonito") for the first time. At this point in the story this character is nothing more than a scammer with the potential to be more, but none of this evolves into anything, because Westerfeld is saving it for book 2 and beyond. It would seem to me that "Polymorph" was meant as an very early and drawn out introduction to future books involving this world. As a standalone book it completely fails.

  • Susan
    2019-05-26 14:30

    This was Westerfeld's first book, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as his more recent ones. The protagonist can change her physical body at will, including gender and ethnicity. When she meets another polymorph, things get very complicated and dangerous. Lee, Freddie, & Sam were rich characters, and I liked watching Lee's assumptions about herself change over the course of the book. I found Bonito a bit too one dimensional, simply evil. And I was dissatisfied with a few threads the author left hanging: for example, there seemed to be more to the Hillary Wilson story than we were told. An in particular, I'm not certain I like the ending. There's more than one way to read the last sentence, and I'm really unhappy with one of the possible interpretations.

  • Laura
    2019-05-01 19:20

    Read this book because it was Westerfeld, but really didn't like it compared to his other works. There wasn't enough background information for me. I wanted to know more of the main character's life story (though I understand how he may be making a point of not giving her a backstory to emphasize her lack of identity and her feelings that identity aren't important).I also wanted to understand better the setting; it seemed like it was a futuristic NYC, but what happened to get to that point and when in time is the story happening? These were questions that I think could have been answered in relatively little time/space that would have clarified more of what was going on for my personal edification. This one just wasn't for me.

  • AdamMcPhee
    2019-05-02 18:18

    It’s a sci-fi novel about a slacker shapeshifter who only uses her/his power to find one night stands and commit welfare fraud. If I could shapeshift I think I’d be a little bit more inventive. Massive identity theft carried out against my enemies. At the very least, I’d rob a bank or something. Or slander famous people by turning into them and doing something awful. I don’t know. It sort of backs away from the implications of what it would be like to change gender and ethnicity at will. Also there was way too much cyberpunk in this novel, which is objectively the worst sci-fi subgenre.

  • Soobie can't sleep at night
    2019-05-22 20:32

    Since I really liked Westerfeld's more recent works I decided to give a read also to his first novel.I didn't like the first part of the novel in which the author is describing Lee/Milica lifestyle among parties and casual sexual encounters. But then, when Lee/Milica, Freddye and Sam, started looking for Bonito it became more interesting. Still I'm not sure that Bonito was a real threat to Lee's life, apart from the fact that it obviously made her felt way less special.

  • kim
    2019-04-28 17:28

    I actually enjoyed this book a lot!It was interesting and a page turner, I found I really liked the characters - especially Freddie who was such a good guy. I enjoyed the hacking talks and I liked the plot of the doppelganger. The sex bits were a bit too weird for my liking, but I got through them easily. The ending was sent chills down my spine. Just the realization that Milica was just going to become the next Bonito and terrorize Freddie like that. Did not enjoy the ending.

  • Audrey Lee
    2019-04-28 15:16

    I am a fan of Scott Westerfeld's work. Especially the Leviathan and Uglies series. You can tell this was his first book. I agree with some other reviews. The writing was chunky and slow in some parts and okay in others. The sex scenes were graphic. The danger didn't seem big enough. In the end Lee didn't find what she wanted. I struggled with parts of it and was almost glad to leave the world behind. It had some interesting concepts though.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-30 19:17

    Interesting conceptually but lost me when it became a chase novel. I really would have enjoyed if the author had instead spent more time exploring the main characters navigation through morphing and maintaining a relationship. I felt this could have been a bit more psychological and sociologically meaningful. The ending was well done and thought provoking.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-23 12:34

    I really like Westerfeld's writing style and it's clear it was firmly in place right out of the gate. The story itself was a little uneven - most of the other reviewers have described why more succinctly than I can.

  • Kat
    2019-05-24 15:45

    Clever, well-written, and imaginative... but the book lost me a bit, especially at the end. It seemed like it couldn't decide whether to be a fast-paced adventure or a gritty, depressingly noir bit of cyberpunk. I like both, but indecision is a turn-off.

  • Gavin
    2019-05-03 17:42

    Bizarre... I liked it when I read it.. but a week or so later when I went saw it on my kindle I couldn't really remember it at all.. so read the last few pages and then went .. "ahh yeah... that thing"... so for that reason I give it 2 stars.. not because it was bad.. but because it was ok

  • Tani
    2019-05-24 13:16

    Eh. You could kind of see the roots of the Uglies series in this, but it wasn't nearly as good. I didn't really care for the main character, and the ending was a bit of a turn-off, even though I probably should have expected it.

  • Leif Anderson
    2019-05-24 20:28

    When I read this book, I had never heard of Scott Westerfield, and I had no idea what to expect. It was very good.

  • Peter Okeafor
    2019-05-07 18:17

    A really enjoyed this book. It has a very unique take on shapeshifters.

  • Candace
    2019-05-10 13:39

    More aimed towards adults than teens like his other books. Wasn't what I was expecting after having read some of his other teen books, but I really enjoyed it.

  • michelle
    2019-05-20 14:46


  • Ariana
    2019-05-24 14:31

    I liked the concept of this book, but it really wasn't for me. The story did improve as it went along, though.

  • fashes
    2019-04-27 15:22

    Genderfuck yay!

  • T
    2019-05-05 14:16

    Not as enjoyable as some of his other books.

  • Tessa in Mid-Michigan
    2019-05-11 15:18

    Also grotesque and violent, but not as much. Finished it for the interesting story--serial killer.