Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, is a novel revolving around an apocalyptic flu epidemic and follows a series of interconnecting characters. These characters are all connected by a famous Hollywood star, Arthur Leander, who dies of a heart attack during a stage production of King Lear in Toronto immediately before the flu outbreak starts. Primarily, the story takes place 20 years after the epidemic, following 28 year old Kirsten (a child actor on stage with Arthur when he died) and the group she travels with, ‘The Travelling Symphony,’ a caravan of actors and musicians who travel between the towns and settlements of the new world performing music and Shakespeare. However, the story also jumps non-chronologically between the lives of Arthur, his first ex-wife Miranda, his friend Clark, and the man who performed CPR on him on stage, Jeevan; focusing on their lives before, during, and after the outbreak. The way the story changes and develops is so intriguing and gripping that I am not going to spoil any of it in this review, as I didn’t know anything about it going in and it added to the experience. I will say though that this novel feels like it should be a classic, it’s beautifully written, it leaves you thinking about what it’s trying to say long after you’ve finished reading, and I found it very hard to put it down. Continue reading “Station Eleven (Emily St.John Mandel)- Book review”
A Monster Calls, Written by Patrick Ness and based on an idea of Siobhan Dowd, is a novel about a 13 year old boy, Connor, dealing with his Mother going through a terminal illness through encounters with a Monster, who comes to him at night. This Monster tells Connor stories that connect to Connors life in ways Connor doesn’t expect or like, and wishes to hear the truth that Connor keeps secret inside his dreams. A Monster Calls is very fast paced and so is very quick to read. It is around 200 pages long but I managed to finish it in about a day as it was very easy to read and very hard to put down. Continue reading “A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness)- Book Review”
World War Z, an oral history of the zombie war, is a novel by author Max Brooks. Set after the end of a massive world wide war against the living dead, the book is a collection of storys and accounts from people all over the world who survived the outbreak of the undead collected by an unknown interviewer. The Interviewer sets up in the introduction how he wants emotional, personal, accounts from all aspects of the war; the story’s flow from the first appearances of zombies, to the start of the chaos, to how the planet started fighting back. The book is expansive and a fascinating fictional account of war, featuring classic George A Romero style zombies, that feels horrifyingly real. Max Brooks shows a masterful writing style with such amazing attention to detail that makes World War Z feel like a real historical account and not a work of fiction.
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Ready Player One is Sci-Fi Novel written by Ernest Cline. Set in the year 2045, Society is crumbling after multiple catastrophies and worldwide neglect as almost everyone in the planet choses to spend all their time in the virtual reality “OASIS,” a massive, no, epic online multiplayer game, like World of Warcraft or Runescape but multiplied by a million! The games creator, James Halliday, was absolutly obbsessed with 80s onward pop culture, as it was the period he grew up in, and so fills his game with countless references from everything from movies, video games, tv shows, music, books and much much more! When he dies in 2040 he leaves a will that says his now multi-billion dollar fortune, and control of his game, are hidden inside his game as an Easter egg, and the player who finds the 3 keys and gates first will find the egg and inherit Hallidays immense fortune. Egg Hunters, know as “Gunters,” have been searching for the egg for 5 years without any luck, until 18 year old Gunter Wade Watts, and his avatar Parsivel, finds the first key, and the story progresses from there. It is a story of absolutly epic proportions set in both a harsh depressing future and the worlds best video game imaginable at the same time. It is very well written and I found it impossible to put down, best book I’ve read in a long time! Continue reading “Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)- Book Review “