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- Print Length: 287 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B074LZSHH3
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bolton's book uses heavy science fiction and Orwellian themes to tell what is actually a great character story - it's as much sci-fi as A Song of Ice and Fire is fantasy, so I wouldn't be put off by the genre if space operas aren't your thing. This is a character piece, a romance,
Then Bolton's world-building (Worldsbuilding?) is incredibly detailed & troublingly thought-provoking. This isn't another Indie who's sat down and just started typing. Bolton's built a world first, a galaxy, and I can't wait for Part 2 of Worlds to continue exploring it. Awesome.
I opened a bottle of red, not the "good red", I was saving that for opening day, this was the "slightly dodgy red" that Granny Ethel gave me for Christmas - I suspected it was stolen.
I needed to relax, unwind, escape to another world. 'Worlds Away', therefore, seemed like the title of the novel that I was looking for. I was not disappointed. Immediately I was hooked into to a universe with far greater issues than that which revolves around me. As the emotional torment of these characters unravelled, I realised that my concerns about what to do with the 120 emu eggs I'd been storing in my cellar since last Easter were, in comparison, very trivial.
As the novel progressed, I was desperately willing for these characters to reach their utopia, their paradise, their Oscar 70. The vivid description embraced me like the warm glow of a log fire in the winter, and that's a feeling I haven't had for a long time. (I sold my log fire to pay for a pond, which turned out to be a mistake.)
The plot unfolds further, and I cannot escape. I'm in a situation I never expected to be in - I care about these fictional characters. Their torments, their successes, their dreams are unfolding before me. I cannot leave them.
As I reach the last page, I am disappointed only because it is over. I come crashing down to the rainy, emu-farmless Tuesday, but I have been on a stunning adventure with some genuinely interesting people, which is what some people say after their gap year, but this was cheaper and I didn't have to share a room in a dodgy backstreet hostel with a lady who smelled like cabbage.
I can therefore say something which I did not expect to say before I started reading: it was a good Tuesday.
(I've since found out that my "emu eggs" are, in fact, Easter Eggs that 'fell off of the back of a lorry' - cheers Granny Ethel. I'd like to escape again, and therefore the sequel to this novel is eagerly anticipated.)