A very thoughtful review over at Dylan Fox’s web site -
It’s a difficult story to categorize. It’s a quest narrative, a verbal history, hard sci-fi and pulp. Its two protagonists come of age, fall in love with the same girl and go their separate ways. Society is challenged, strange people and places are found. Mechanical technology feels wholly out-of-place but is vital to the story. Lavi just threw out the books and wrote what he wanted to write.
That made it a strange story to read for me. I’m used to things falling neatly into my preconceptions. It’s like starting a conversation with a friend instead of a stranger. Cloud Permutations was like starting a conversation with someone who spoke an almost foreign language.
The story unfolds and blossoms beautifully, with the characters’ relationships with each other, the people they meet and the world around them sketched with a sensitivity and almost paternal touch. – read the full review.