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Scrapyards - not quite what they seem on the surface...
on 25 April 2013
It didn't take me long to finish this book - the length of a train journey to London - but that's not because it was a short tale, or a skip-along read. I got very caught up in the author's (not-so-distant) futuristic world and in the moral and ethical thought processes and dilemmas that it threw up. On the surface, it's a simply written narrative, with four 'heroes', operating in a restricted and restrictive environment, which keeps the story 'compact'. The language is easy to read and I wasn't sure at first if the book was aimed at an adult readership or not; the main protagonist is an adult, but there are also two young children and an Artificial Intelligence. On reflection, events and some sexual allusions later in the story probably place it in the 'young adult' camp, but adults will enjoy it, too. I'd put it on a par with 'The Hunger Games' trilogy in tone and dystopian setting - and plenty of adults have read those with pleasure! The characters are well drawn, with credible narrative voices and all in all, it's a good read. I think the author might be planning sequels, but I enjoyed it purely as a one-off, and I liked the way in which the story ended on a positive but open-ended and uncertain note. 'The Man Who Ended the World' can certainly stand alone and be read as a single volume. I like to imagine for myself what might happen to the characters after they leave the scrap yard, and I don't necessarily want the author to tell me in future books!