I was in a fantasy reading slump for months - and The Phantom Forest pulled me out of it.
It's a glimpse into a Socialistic world that is worse than anything in human history.
What I loved were the two timelines that seem so far apart from each other but in fact, aren't. I wanted to spend more time in 2051, with the Big Brother threads, but spending time in 2016 was also a great read, especially as 2016 isn't too long ago.
What is so thrilling about Tahir's writing is that everything, and I mean everything plays a role - every tidbit of information scattered either in Ember or in Torch, every simple line a character says. Nothing is left unused. And it makes the writing as sharp as a Teluman sword.
Sabaa Tahir has a kehanni's skill in weaving a story. An Ember in the Ashes writhes with emotion, tension, and a world so built out, scenes are vivid.