Conquergood & The Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being Review (Lone Star Book Blog Tour)


CG Fewston

Science Fiction / Dystopian / Steampunk
Date of Publication: October 17, 2023
Number of Pages: 381 pages 

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One of resilience and transformation, Conquergood’s life-changing discovery explores the depths of family, memory, love, and the mysteries that lie at the heart of the universe. 

In 2183, Jerome Conquergood is an outcast roaming the abandoned and crumbling skyscrapers of Old York City outside the Korporation’s seductive and dizzying headquarters, a post-apocalyptic security-city for the mega-rich. Despite his hatred for the techno-optimism and the Korporation, Conquergood is compelled to save his mysterious twin brother Vincent by joining the Korporation, a mega-corporate and governmental entity in a world oppressed to peace.


Conquergood & The Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being is a sci-fi dystopian novel about technology and humanity. This book is a major trip. I entered it knowing as little as possible - and I liked experiencing it that way. The book follows Conquergood, a man who joins an entity known as the Korporation, and ends up with a lot of questions. What begins as a man trying to find his brother quickly turns into a multilayered mess of confusion, in the best way. 

This is a novel that fixates a lot on philosophy, asking questions, and seeking answers. It doesn't provide a lot of answers early on, but it does start to peel back layers the more it progresses. By the end, I still have a ton of questions, and I really want to know what happens next. Sometimes, I hate books that give too many questions and not enough answers, but the focus on the unknown and the mysterious is the entire point of the book. It works well here, and I enjoyed going on the journey along with Conquergood. It isn't action-packed. This is more of a "sit and think with me" sort of a novel. It's very cerebral and pondering in its approach. 

Conquergood & The Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being definitely won't be for every reader. It has a lot of "meta" themes and a lot of confusing aspects early on. If you hate being confused for a good quarter of a book, this won't be your cup of tea. If you like meandering and seeing the intricacies of a bigger idea get picked apart and explored, then this is a really good book in that regard. There is no clear cut Point A to Point B progression to this story. Time and space are one of the book's major mysteries in the way time passes, is recorded, in how some transitions are made. But that's part of the theme and the fun. I enjoyed this book. It's different from the rest of the books I read this year and it really stands out. As a science fiction fan, I had a good time. I give Conquergood & The Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being a Lone Star rating of ✯✯✯✯ stars. 

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The American novelist CG FEWSTON has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome (Italy), a Visiting Fellow at Hong Kong’s CityU, & he’s been a member of the Hemingway Society, Americans for the Arts, PEN America, Club Med, & the Royal Society of Literature. He’s also been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) based in London. He has a B.A. in English, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership (honors), an M.A. in Literature (honors), and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Fiction. He was born in Texas in 1979.

Fewston is the author of several short stories and novels. His works include A Father’s Son, The New America: Collection, The Mystic’s Smile ~ A Play in 3 Acts, Vanity of Vanities, A Time to Love in Tehran, Little Hometown, America, A Time to Forget in East Berlin, and Conquergood & the Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being.


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  1. Great review! I am glad you let readers know what to expect when they spend time between these pages. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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