05 September 2015

1/2986 by Annelie Wendeberg

Title: 1/2986

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/1-2986-Annelie-Wendeberg-ebook/dp/B00NS53SX0

Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian

I finished this book 10 minutes ago and I want to write a review ASAP, while the memories are still vivid. But I don’t know where to start from. Usually I start with the plot, then discuss the writing. With this book I’ll go with the writing first. It was good. Just how I love it. Not a single unnecessary word. Not a sentence too long or too short. Perfect writing: smooth, even, balanced. No purple prose, no awkward dialogues, no big words. Just what the genre demands. And what the reader expects.

The story though… I liked it. But my problem was that I didn’t like it enough to get the sequels. At the 30% point I didn’t want to read it anymore. Because nothing was really happening. It was a huge, long set up for the upcoming stories. Mickaela is a 15-year-old girl living in a post-apocalyptic world, where you are either depressed, or starve, or freeze. Now add unloving, harsh, and uncaring parents, a brother for whose death you’re blamed, neighbors who don’t notice you, and you have a clear picture of what her life feels like. Oh, and she’s a cutter. When you live a life of despair and suppressed anger, you can’t help it, you turn into a freak. Micka is a likeable character, mature, though disconnected and suicidal. I liked her, how she acted, how she thought, how she chose to move on. But her story was dragging. First person narrative, so she goes on and on and on and on…

What I hated was the crude language. It’s beyond me why the author would spoil such top-notch writing with occasional F-bombs and other rubbish. I know this book is not YA, but do we need to use ***k and ***t to be taken seriously?

As I stated above, I didn’t like the story enough to get the sequel. But I liked the way this author writes, so I downloaded another book by her, The Devil's Grin (Kronberg Crimes Series Book 1), which is free at the moment. It’s been a while I’ve been looking for a Victorian suspense, and something tells me I might love this one


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