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It grips from very early on - I read it cover to cover in two sittings. The characters and dialogue are believable and well-sketched. One word of caution is that a few scenes are rather gruesome to read, but they are entirely consistent with the plot and in no way gratuitous. The blurb makes comparisons to Michael Crichton and Dennis Lehane, and both are valid, but the author this most reminded me of was the little-known Christopher Hyde, whose techno-thrillers are based around similar left-field ideas.
In an age where so many thrillers are me-too copies of other successful books, this title deserves to do well for daring to come up with an original idea. I shall be awaiting Ms Redling's next novel with eagerness!
There are 4 main characters of which 2.5 are well rounded.
The main character Ellie and her development arc through the story are well done. She is foul-mouthed, agressive and usually stoned, but likeable for all that.
The sub-plot of her room-mate Rachel's quest for a day out is nicely interspersed and serves to draw you away from the adventure and into the personal horror such a confinement would induce.
Bing is well written (up to a point) and it's really only Guy who feels a little 2-D (and given how smelly his girlfriend seems I'm guessing his nose is also lacking...)
The development of the 'world' is introduced at a good pace through the story too. At least it is intially, and this is where the stars drop away for me somewhat, because as the plot progresses it gets harder to believe.
I don't want to give the plot away so I will say that once a book makes a reader start to question the 'reality' they have created, then the strings of the plot have started to unravel, and this is where the final 1/3 of the book was less compelling for me. Also the charcter led 'twist' was far too obvious.
So in summary I enjoyed and devoured the first part of the book, but found it less and less engaging as it progressed towards its climax, which in a way is the worst thing you can say about a thriller (better a slow build than a disappointing apex).
When a series of bombings in the heavily authoritarian ruled town expose some glaring ethical issues in their treatment, the residents & especially Ellie, begin to think that the security company Feno & the government troops might not be serving their best interests. But how high up does this conspiracy go? Will anyone survive?
Flowertown is a pleasure to read, Redling's accessible writing style means that the story flows naturally whilst conspiracy plotlines bubble just beneath the surface. When the action kicks off, it is easy to follow and the twist is well hidden. This is an interesting novel about corporate espionage, responsibility & ethics whilst all the while remaining plausible and for this reason it has Orwellian Nineteen Eighty-Four overtones.
Well written, truly original, light enough at 357 pages, and a paranoid anti-corporate dream. Recommended!
And then we get into whats really going on and peoples motives for acting as they do and besides being a slightly confusing and rushed explanation it also stands out as really thoroughly unbelievable.
A shame it didn't deliver on its promise.
It's refreshing to read a novel where the story is told so clearly through the lives of the characters - we learn more about what Flowertown is like as place to live through this initial introduction to Ellie's life than reams of description could tell us. The novel starts slowly, setting the scene and building up a picture of Ellie's life and her limited society - the medical centre where all residents go for their constant medication, the corner supermarket, the office where she works, and her shared bedsit. Gradually there are hints that things in Flowertown are changing - there are increasingly less supplies in the shops, the army and Feno security (Feno is the company responsible for the contamination) are more heavy handed, and dangerous incidents start to occur. From the beginning, Ellie is at the centre of events, despite being an outsider in the town.Read more ›
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Really liked this book, I felt that I got invested in the characters and I read it almost one one sitting.Published 2 days ago by Sarah Mather
A bit of an unusual plot with gobs of desperation and oppression of the main characters by..... the government! Not a bad read.Published 4 days ago by gainsb1
This is a really good read- excellent idea, I love the conspiracy element! I wish there was a sequel to this.Published 3 months ago by Andrea1
Enjoyed this. I like conspiracy thrillers and this is pretty good at providing that in a post-(mini) apocalyptic setting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ms. IM Burton
This has to be one of the most gut churningly awful books I have read recently. After struggling through 25 pc of it I gave up. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Victoria Plum
Brilliant story, one of the best post-apocalyptic novels I've read, author paints realistic view of normal people, with crushes, spliffs and petty rows in the midst of an... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
From start to finish this book had me absolutely gripped, I couldn't put it down! It's a really interesting and exciting thriller, with likeable and well developed characters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Martha Greally
Post apocalyptic reading with a reasonable storyline. Read it in 2 sittings on the train. Well worth a few quid if you like the genrePublished 8 months ago by john
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