read on 4/01/18


You’ve probably seen this book on all of the featured shelves of bookshops. Rightfully so, the themes in this book are contemporary in that it turns our society on its head. I enjoyed this literary thriller and found it to be an interesting reversal of patriarchy. I was sceptical, in case of bias and bad execution, but I found the approach of the author really clever.

However, for whatever reason, I found myself not fully involved in the book. My mind kept drifting from the text, but I’m not really sure why. I found the text engaging, but I’m not sure if my lack of concentration was because I have a lot of things on my mind at the moment (exams, essay, portfolio submission etc.). However, I did find myself drifting for the right reasons as well. Constantly I was anticipating the author’s actions and where the plot was going, constantly I found myself reflecting on the stories in the text and how they would play out in our society… this is why I call this novel a literary thriller. It really makes you think.

Overall, it’s a solid text, but I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favourite novels of all time – a great book which everyone my age should read.

6.5 /10

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