Dazzling, admirable narrative verve... It is unlikely there will be a finer written fiction this year
An ambitious, exciting novel.. unforgettable'
A dynamic, innovative, and compelling book that brings into focus some of the most interesting trends in contemporary fiction
Simon Ings' ambitiously genre-defying novel is a virtuoso display of imaginative plotting
Ings weaves an ingenious, shimmering web of contiguity and chance... a feat of meticulous plotting.
One of the most exciting - and relevant - books of the last year. Booker material, for sure.
A deceptively readable, dizzyingly constructed novel... Ing's mad, mad world is held together to the very last page by humour, vivid depictions and a deeply compelling emotional core
Publishers Weekly STARRED review
Ings writes engagingly well, balancing pacy plotting with textured characters and opaque loyalties to tease the reader and making for a thoroughly enjoyable, intelligent yarn.
Independent on Sunday
Dead Water displays a subtle and persistent power that confirms Ings as one of the very few British writers to be both contemporary and genuinely challenging.
modern science fiction in full pomp: it has a multitude of ideas, a wide-ranging narrative, an almost unbelievably ambitious casting of its net, taking one narrative chance after another. It is also a beautifully written novel, full of colour and inventive image.
Christopher Priest, author of The Prestige
Beautifully written... There are scenes and unexpected twists that rival the most propulsive page-turner.
the pace and sinuous plotting of Ings's cracking second novel are certainly compelling... juicy novel.
highly ambitious, hugely entertaining novel... After reading this, you'll never drink water with quite the same insouciance again