Fractured - Dani Atkins (2013)
date finished: 16 June 2014 | ISBN: 9781781857106 | pages: 304 (Kindle)
Rachel Wiltshire is a 23 year old with, by most people's standards, a rather unhappy and unfortunate life which all takes a turn for the worst when at 18, she loses one of her best childhood friends, Jimmy, in a car accident. Rachel awakens from a second accident to find the last five years of her life as she has known them, erased and written over by an alternative history in which Jimmy is now living.
This was quite an interesting take on splintered fate, parallel universes, destiny, and so on and so forth. However, I don't think I'd prepared myself for this being as much of a love story as it was. At points I found myself getting a little agitated at Rachel and the storyline meaning it sometimes became a little of a chore to read — hence me not finishing it until mid-June — but this was often countered by me agreeing and identifying with some of her actions. The twist at the end wasn't entirely predictable but the required attachment to each of the characters was somewhat underdeveloped for me personally meaning the ending fell just a little bit flat. A quick and easy read that some may enjoy the romance of. The Kindle edition is still only 59p on Amazon too!
Time to reacquaint myself with some treeware as this month's book isn't on the Kindle. June's book, a birthday present from a friend, is Ghostwritten by David Mitchell.
In nine corners of the globe, nine characters from an art thief in Saint Petersburg to a terrorist in Okinawa hurtle towards a shared destiny, oblivious to the intriguing ways their lives intersect and influence each other. From this dazzlingly original novel of love, metaphysics, history, politics and ghosts emerges an unforgettable visions of our common humanity.
Also read in May...
date finished: 7 June 2014 | ISBN: 9781921989742 | pages: 384 (Kindle)
A young adult story of dystopia which, whilst I've not read many dystopian pieces, I can certainly say I enjoyed, albeit not quite as much as The Hunger Games. Some of the writing was a little lazy at times and some of the characters failed to come alive for me. I was intrigued by the maze itself — Labyrinth anyone?! — but I was somewhat disappointed by the outcome on that front. The monsters were certainly aimed at a younger readership and whilst an author cannot be expected to write for all ages, they jarred with me. Despite all of that, it was a good read and I'd rate it somewhere between 3 and 3.5 stars. There were a mixture of views in our book club; from the recommending book club member absolutely hating it to most finding it fairly innocuous. I would be interested to see how the story progresses and have made vague plans to read the second and third in the series.
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