In an unnamed Middle Eastern state, Alif is a grey-hat hacker who provides online privacy and security. But then his aristocratic lover sends him an ancient book of fairy tales, and shortly thereafter he's on the run for his life. His only allies are his childhood friend Dina, an old sheikh, and oh yes, Vikram the Vampire.
The first 90% of this book is great. Fast paced, with believable characters and innovative and evocative descriptions. But. The last section of the book feels untrue and unearned, as the protagonists win everything they wanted, Alif's aristocratic lover proves herself false and easy to turn away from, mob violence only kills the baddies, etc. The ending feels too easy.