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Not Wasted Time,
This review is from: Wasted (Paperback)
I have seen comparisons online between Wasted and Luke Rhinehart's book The Dice Man, as well as the film Sliding Doors. The comparisons are valid - but Wasted is very much its own book. Nicola Morgan is a skilful writer who deals lightly with weighty philosophical topics - fate and free will, chance and causality - and deftly with complex social issues - alcoholism, bullying, knife crime. In fact, the reader doesn't even notice these, most of the time, because of the strength and believability of the characters she has created. Occasionally the authorial voice has echoes of 'Dear reader...' but even this isn't offputting, because it makes sense in context.
When I'm reading, I devour books: cover to cover in an evening, for preference. But I couldn't do that with Wasted. It was too good; I had to stop and think, feel, savour the experience so far and the possibilities to come.
In this book, Nicola Morgan does several things I don't like, such as addressing the reader directly and writing in the present tense. But I forgot all about how I don't like those things, somewhere around page 1, because I was so caught up in the story. And that's the bottom line: yes, it's beautifully written; yes, it's thought-provoking; yes, it's innovative - but most of all, Wasted is a really, really good story.
Buy it. Read it. You'll be glad you did.