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84K Audio CD – Unabridged, 22 May 2018
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- Publisher : Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (22 May 2018)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1549198963
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549198960
- Dimensions : 14.73 x 2.54 x 13.97 cm
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Loved the idea of this deeply dark and disturbing book, but I am not a big fan of the stylistic type setting that distracted from the story. I also felt the prose was a bit rambling in places and not as tight as the 15 Lives of Harry August. However, I’m still looking forward to her next outing.
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Although I love dystopian fiction, I found this novel hard-going. And, I needed regular breaks from the bleak despair of it, to regain my composure. Mostly, it was unremittingly grim. The writing is accomplished and literary, which I appreciated, but for me the style was sometimes confusing and definitely over-long. I would say that, for my brain, it required too much focus. There are too many chapters (83) and, at times, too much detail. I’m glad I’ve read it and, at the same time, I’m glad to be able to put it down. I know that it will be memorable. So, overall I remain in an ambivalent state.
(I also would not recommend the audio version of the book which was read in a relentlessly chirpy way better suited to Thackeray or Woodhouse)
The writing style is clever, sometimes confusing, and always in keeping with the narrative. Broken sentences, incomplete thoughts, ideas born only to trail into uncertainty: all this chimes relentlessly with the psychosis and sheer survival techniques of the people portrayed.
It is not an easy read. It is far from a cheerful read. But it is a necessary read if we are to avoid the very issues this far-seeing author envisages. Money, the modern God, rules supreme. Emotions, justice, fairness, equality, compassion, and all else seen as good by most ordinary people is discarded deliberately by those who worship money and its unnatural ability to rule and control.
The humanity of the protagonists contrasts sharply with the utter greed, self-obsession, harsh cruelty, self-deception, fanaticism and coldness of the antagonists.
This is a book about love, filial and romantic, set in an environment where the word has no meaning for most unless applied to money. It chills to the bone, creates fear for the future, engages with the same terror and anxiety prevalent in the horror genre, but employs the active descriptive techniques of the thriller, without ever diminishing the importance of character.
You cannot fail to be gripped by this story, though some readers may find the fragmentation, which is fundamental to the emotional kick of the work, sometimes frustrating.
Read it. Please, read it. The future it predicts is a wink away as I write this.
This is dystopian fiction, set in a very probable present/ near future. Everyone's life has a monetary value. Crimes are calculated and those who commit them can pay off their value. Those who can't afford to pay the fine, are sent to the 'pattie line'. Social media is king and The Company runs everything.
The main character, Theo, is a faceless, seemingly emotionless man, who runs in to an ex-girlfriend. He then has to admit to himself and to her that he isn't in fact Theo Miller in reality. It's a persona he has stolen from an old university friend who was killed in a 'duel gone wrong' so that he could get on in life (social class is still everything). His ex is murdered and Theo decides that he has the responsibility of trying to solve her murder and continuing with the task she had set herself before she was murdered. And in the process, he hopes to bring down The Company.
The language is disjointed and unsettling, which only adds to the feelings of distress and hopelessness in this dystopian future present.
I loved it, and would happily turn back to the beginning and start all over again. I will say though, if you're looking for a light 'beach read' (I've never understood that term), this probably isn't it. If you're looking for something that will make you sit up and think, then this is the book for you!