The Christian Society of Witnesses, the doomsday cult Sakigake, The Dowager who supports domestic violence victims, her assistant martial arts instructor Aomame and Tengo the maths teacher and writer are all part of this book. This is mixed with parallel dimensions. The world Aomame arrives in via the staircase accessed from the freeway, at the beginning of the novel, lets the reader know this is an exciting journey. The characters swirl through fear of never returning, disarray, choice, time jumps and change. The title is a play on 1984 and is set in that year with the Q standing for question. And there is a lot unanswered through-out. Fragmented voices, an incessant TV licence-fee collector and existential irony make this an extremely entertaining trilogy. Aomame’s thoughts show her to be an outsider ‘Either I’m funny or the world’s funny, I don’t know which. The bottle and lid don’t fit. It could be the bottle’s fault or the lid’s fault. In either case, there’s no deny that the fit is bad.’ Her connection with Tengo is more metaphysical, with one moment of profound connection transcending parallel dimensions. This thriller satisfies science fiction fans and is comforting to those who feel bewildered by the chaos of life.