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An adroitly written thriller by a novelist who proves to have impeccable storytelling skills. It is undoubtedly a book which works both on the level of its intriguing concept and sheer narrative nous.--Barry Forshaw, author of 'Nordic Noir' and 'Euro Noir'
An enjoyable tale with dramatic payoffs. Readers will definitely enjoy the hesitant-but-growing working relationship between Burton and Childs and want to read more stories with them.
Clever. Crime fans looking for something different will be satisfied.
Smart and compelling, Sam Wilson is a bold storyteller with an amazing mind who takes you to unexpected places.--Lauren Beukes, author of 'The Shining Girls' --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
In a corrupt and volatile society where people are divided and defined by zodiac signs, status is cast at birth and binding for ever.
The line between a life of luxury and an existence of poverty can be determined by the stroke of midnight.
When a series of uniquely brutal murders targets victims from totally different signs, is it a misguided revolution or the work of a serial killer?
All eyes are on Detective Jerome Burton and Profiler Lindi Childs. They may disagree over whether the answers are written in the stars, but they are united by their belief that a grand plan is being executed . . .
'I'm struggling to think of a reader who won't love this'
'Impeccable storytelling. Undoubtedly a book which works both on the level of its intriguing high concept and sheer narrative nous'
- File Size : 2097 KB
- Print Length : 426 pages
- Publisher : Penguin (25 Aug. 2016)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B01A6CSJ8Q
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: 503,513 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book was different. In a good way. As I said, I was watching Bones earlier. I’ve watched NCIS, CSI, Criminal Minds, Silent Witness and so many more police procedurals you wouldn’t believe.
This almost started as a normal police procedural. You’ve got someone stumbling across a body and calling the police. Standard, right? From there though, it becomes so much more. There’s this whole society built on the zodiac. What zodiac sign you’re born in decides the sort of life you’ll have.
It’s weird, because I was jotting down ideas for a story about 2 weeks ago, and one of the ideas was a Hunger Games style system where instead of being separated by where you’re born, you’re separated by when, almost like this. It’s interesting for me to read this author’s perspective on it.
The characters were good, not crazy loveable and amazing, but enough to carry the story and not bore me to death. They’ve got their own personalities, which are heightened in certain ways based on their sign. They’re largely superficial, however. The only character I really felt had more than a basic personality was Daniel.
The world-building is where I think this excels. The societies that have formed because of the signs of the zodiac, the personalities and the friction that are caused by it are great. I’ve always been a little curious of the zodiac, not because I believe any of it has any truth, but because I love the entertainment value it’s got. This book helped me find even more entertainment in it.
The police side of things were a little stereotypical, but then, finding anything new with a police investigation after millions of TV shows, films and books would’ve been one hell of an achievement.
The bad-guy at the end was a little obvious, but I enjoyed how the information was shared, and the motive and emotion behind it. The reasons for the killing, and how it was done, seems to make a lot of sense. As much sense as murder can make, of course!
I’ll admit, as a Sagittarius, I was disappointed they weren’t more involved just for my own satisfaction. Haha!
Will I be picking up the next in the series? This is a stand-alone. Look at me, finally reading a stand-alone after reading the first book in so many series and never continuing them!
Would I recommend it? It’s different. Part sci-fi, part thriller. I enjoyed it.
Is it going on my Favourites shelf? There was nothing about it that stood out enough for it to be a favourite.
A lot of it of course is the merit of this really interesting concept of a society based on different signs and the idea that you can’t treat people of different signs the same way because people of different signs behave differently. Sounds plausible right ;-)? Right, until of course there’s a whole hierarchy based upon this principle and some signs are regarded more highly than others. This novel focuses mainly on 2, 3 signs: being a Capricorn or a Taurus brings you a good status, but the lowest sign of all is Aries. They are prone to violence, they live in bad neighbourhoods, they are the most unemployed and the biggest population in prison are Aries too. But then of course they get caught most because – according to some – they are sought out, a stop and search for them is the new norm. One of them who raises his voice against the oppression of his sign is Solomon Mahout, leader of Aries Rising. On the other side there’s also the RAM Squad, a special unit set up to control the Aries population.
I read it all with a lot of interest and really didn’t think I could get lost in this world as much as I did. There is an overview about each sign before the novel kicks-off. I was apprehensive about what I would find further on in the novel because the mention of a sci-fi and fantasy culture didn’t seem like it was talking about me as a Virgo. In the novel itself I did find one reference to my own sign that sounds more like it though ;-):
Virgos […] were smart and interesting and independent, but they were often so socially blunt that talking to them was like boxing.
Anyway, onto the story itself. The first murder victim they find was working at the police force in one of the highest ranks. Detective Jerome Burton is assigned to the investigation and gets help from astrologer Lindi Childs. She’s going to see if the murderer’s profile fits based on his birth charts. Riiiight. Queue my sigh ;-). Thankfully the weight of this approach wasn’t hanging over the novel at all :-). Burton has his own personal struggles too, about his sign and about the sign his unborn child will be born into. Children will be born sooner to get the right sign but that might have consequences for its health too of course. Of course there’s also fraud with birth certificates and there’s even a school, The True Signs Academy, for children who have to learn the necessary code of behaviour to fit into their sign then. There was obviously put a lot of thought in all of this and it’s strange but I was completely loving this!
At the same time there’s a guy (capricorn) Daniel who stumbled upon a secret his father kept from him and is following his own investigation with the help of some Aries kid he ran into. Until suddenly someone Burton interviews leads them to the same place. The thing that confused me a little were these two plotlines and it took me quite a while to realise that they don’t start out at the same time.. the plotline with Daniel starts much earlier than the other one but that wasn’t made clear, it’s actually years ago in the past and it’s only towards the ending that they are both coming together gloriously in the present.
The last part of the novel held threats, danger and quite a bit of battle and action. Unfortunately, I still didn’t grasp all that well what the murders were about in the end and I found that the motive for the murders wasn’t explained thoroughly enough. Personally, I found the world-building and everything in it a little more interesting than some people’s fantastical ideas but then it might be just me, so don’t let that put you off.