Reviews of this book:
its speculative detours, A History Maker never loses sight of its storyline and
characters, who are more emotionally engaging than those in some of Mr. Gray's
previous work." - Nicholas Birns, The New York Times Book Review
finally makes A History Maker unique is that Wat, the apparent hero, fails to
have any part in the remaking of his society. In this way, Gray expresses his
own ambivalence toward hero worship, both as a cultural phenomenon and as a method
of sociopolitical improvement. From his quasi-Hegelian perspective, change can
be produced by the individual, but progress demands the efforts of the collective."
- William M. Harrison, Review of Contemporary Fiction
"In a style
more akin to that of The Handmaid's Tale than that of Snow Crash, Gray uses the
science-fiction genre as a virtuoso vehicle for political allegory, and for expounding
his own pithy views on the cunning of history. (...) Gray's touch is light and
wry, and there is enough strangeness in his future to whet conventional SF appetites."
- Andrew Ross, The Village Voice