- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 785 KB
- Print Length: 335 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd (28 April 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CKEBVM0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 103 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A really enjoyable (if that's the right word) story following one young man's journey after most of the population of Britain have dropped dead from an unnamed purge (disease/weapon?).
The story left room for a potential sequel and i would happily pick that up to find out what happens next.
The word play between characters could be better and there is one character (you'll know who) over which i questioned whether the main character would really stick with her for that long, but they're only real criticisms I have of the book and i'd put that down to Tom being a new author, something which he will develop and improve upon over time.
A plot which stumbles along in a sluggish start, so much so that I nearly gave up, wondering at the point of it all. However, the quality of the writing kept me going, and the direction of the story clarified. I became engaged as the fugitives Michael and Judith joined a refugee camp in the heart of England.
But too many bodies litter the pages, blood and foul odours plaster the scenes, which become samey - as they collect David and Zanna in their escape towards France.
Into London. The description of Michael penetrating the window of the shop, from the perspective of a tiny mouse, is a masterpiece of prose. It keeps me reading on.
"... for a millisecond, the air was a multitude of colours, the weak milky light reflected a thousand angles ..."
A child dies, falling down "limply in a pile of stolen life" as sanity flies in the face of fire and fireworks in the streets.
The book improves with every page, and then dips into anti-climax, which is not wholly unsatisfying.
An interesting read, and I have no doubt that Tom Ward is capable of achieving greatly in the world of literature.
The term 'a real page-turner' has become a bit of a cliche of late, but I feel entirely justified in using it to refer to 'A Depature'. Ward has created a gripping narrative, with each chapter leaving you wanting more, making it nearly impossible to put this book down. Although slightly rough around the edges in parts, he writes with a level of erudite insight and depth of character development that exceeds anyone's reasonable expectations for a first-time novel. This is a book which is funny without being crude, challenging without being preachy, and which inserts itself with relative ease and comfort into a genre which could easily become laden with cliche. Most of all, Ward perfectly captures a boy leaving home on the fraught journey into manhood in a way that raises laughs of recognition in the initiated, without alienating other readers. So bravo Tom, I look forward to your follow-up. And my apology.
The story is that a young lad survives some mysterious 'something' which wipes out half the country, apparently he then loses his family due to something else - again no details given. For some reason the lead character believes the situation only affects the UK so decides to get to France, if this is the case then where is the international relief effort which always goes into action whenever there is a disaster affecting one country?
For reason's unknown they enter a refugee camp when it is obvious that this is a total screw up with conditions far worse than they experienced fending for themselves. Just one in a series of decisions or actions which make no sense what so ever.
I'm glad I bailed on it as I immediately found something much more worthwhile to read.
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I'll try not to drop any spoilers in here andand, it's fair to say, I actually quite enjoyEd the book.Read more
It lost me though in the last quarter where the book seemed to morph to a lessor survival story...
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