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on 20 June 2014
This story isnt bad, far from it, but something stops it from being good.
The story follows one Jane Charlotte who has been arrested for murder. During the questioning, she tells the police that she is a member of a secret organisation. Her division, the Bad Monkeys, is an execution squad, determined to rid the world of evil people. But the man she has just killed was not on the target list.
You start the book thinking this is a good science fiction novel, a bit different like terry pratchett turned bad. It even gets better as it dives more in the psychological aspect of the main character. Is she insane? Addled from drugs? Compulsive outrageous liar? Or is it all true?
As the characters and plotline are reavealed you are given Jane's version and a counter 'reality' version. You get to decide throughout what you believe, and the truth is not given away till the very end. You are kept guessing throughout. That in itself should deserve a better rating, the talent required to give you enough to always keep wondering but not to over weigh it one way or another is amazing.
Buuuuuuut, its tiring in its repetitiveness of plot and discussions. It takes half the book before she meets the bad monkeys and she doesnt have that much to do with them as a team. You spend so much of your time unsure of the truth that there is no connection to the character, who isnt very likable just a bit sarcastic. I know a good book is boring when you have a complete wholsome character as the shinning knight (I have always liked my characters a bit damaged, a bit evil) but I spent most the book watching more interesting characters slide past. I was left straining to catch a better look out of the corner of my eye,while Jane took up my whole vison. The problem is when a charcter has to be shadowy and a bit formless to keep readers guessing you just cant connect. And the little I did find out was off putting. By the end I didnt really care whether or not it was true, I just wanted to see what the other better characters were doing.
Add to that the fact that the end was a little bit like "and it was all a dream" for me and you have one unsatisfied bunny.
Apart from that, yeah its a good clever unnusual little book... but I would hesitate to foist it on a friend.