Perfect State

God-Emperor Kairominas is lord of all he surveys. He has defeated all foes, has united the entire world beneath his rule, and has mastered the arcane arts. He spends his time sparring with his nemesis, who keeps trying to invade Kai’s world.

Except for today. Today, Kai has to go on a date.

Forces have conspired to require him to meet with his equal—a woman from another world who has achieved just as much as he has. What happens when the most important man in the world is forced to have dinner with the most important woman in the world?


“PERFECT STATE is the kind of story that pushes all the right buttons for me (after all, I love The Matrix) and I didn’t want it to end. I wish it had been a novel. I loved the premise, the setting, the plot, and the characters (though sometimes Kai’s beliefs are a little inconsistent with his “concept”). This story is fun, but Sanderson manages to explore a few interesting existential ideas, too, such as personality, free will, determinism and, of course, the nature of reality.”

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“It’s an intriguing premise and a creative twist on the Matrix world scenario, and Sanderson handles it well. The characters have some lively and rather meta discussions about what constitutes reality, and whether it’s important to treat Machineborn as real people. I only hope that Sanderson chooses to write more stories in this world.”

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