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- Print Length: 568 pages
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- Publisher: Radden Press; 1 edition (11 Aug. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MN5X0LG
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- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
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It is quite unlike any other of it's ilk that I have read. And as someone else has commented, it is also refreshing that the setting is the United Kingdom.
I did find some problems with it such as the over use of hairs raising on the character's arms and neck, the always filth coated, fowl breathed bad guys and the apparent inability of anyone to really get any technological advances after 40 years despite having vast libraries of books and materials at their disposal. And my own personal bugbear - the use of the word decimate used not in the correct form of one in ten but as an expression of almost complete annihilation.
But the story is so deliciously bizarre and genuinely exciting in parts that it was possible to simply overlook such things as poetic licence.
Four stars, then, because of these foibles and because I am genuinely expecting that I will need an extra star for the next in this series.
Dystopia decidedly different.
I've been a bookworm since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I've been a fan of sci-fi and horror since I was a teen (centuries ago, I'm 47) and in the last couple of years have become a big fan of dystopian stories.
This one intrigued me for two reasons - the author is British (as am I, despite that I live over here in the US) and the mechanism of this world-changing event is rather unique. No zombies, no plague, no bombs, just a quiet disappearance of most of the population.
How and with who the author starts the story really had me hooked. The main story takes place 40 years after this start, however, we are gifted with some of the best flashbacks (interludes here) I've read. Such a trope can be annoying in a story. Here it was anything but. Each time it added weight to the "now" and fleshed out the characters more whilst building up one of the big, bad mysteries today's survivors are dealing with.
As one might imagine, what we are mainly dealing with is humanity in all its ugliness but also its strength and drive to survive. Interestingly, one gets a sense (most of the time) that people actually value life now and don't throw it away easily.
There is a side-story that stretched the suspension of disbelief a little too far though I quickly came to care for the characters and I'm looking forward to how this piece will develop and tie in with the main arc.
Our main protagonist, Norman, is also a little unusual. He was born after the event so has no real experience of life before. He has been guided by a (very interesting) character who is from the Old World but at this point is doubting his wisdom, chafing at the idea that he is to be the next leader of our main group and is a rather reluctant hero.
Overall, interesting, enjoyable and intriguing. I almost felt as though I'd like the answers to what is happening NOW (especially with food) rather than the event itself, that is how clever the author is.
The sequel is already in my queue and I hear the third in the series is due to be released soon.
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