This strange genre mix of science fiction and contemporary fiction produces an intriguing story of a woman whose life changes spectacularly, only to find out her success has completely messed up the worlds biggest secret.
Genre: Science Fiction/Contemporary fiction
I picked up this book in the science-fiction section of my bookshop and was a little thrown by the first hundred pages which had no hint of science fiction or fantasy at all. The science-fiction kicks in at this point and changes the focus of the story – in fact, this is a book of two halves.
When we meet Alex Moore she is enjoying her success with a new startup tech company with no regrets about leaving her old life behind. In fact, in the last six months her life has changed beyond recognition and while she is happy, her friends and family, including Harry her fiancée, are a bit worried about her.
But Alex realises something isn’t right especially when she is mugged, then accused of killing someone’s father and she has to leave the restaurant she is having lunch due to a bomb threat. After another argument with Harry, she decides to accept an invitation to a research project in the Orkney Islands. But then she stumbles open something that changes everything …
To say anything more would be the worst kind of spoiler.
The Alex at the start of the book is more Bridget Jones than Katniss Evergreen and not the usual heroine you would see in science fiction and while her character can be annoying, she is hilarious. The initial part of the book is an easy, enjoyable read with a few laugh out moments but then at about a hundred pages in the book finally displays its science fiction parts which changes the direction of the story and Alex’s character completely. Alex is an interesting protagonist and I was invested in her story and was genuinely worried about what would happen to her when she found out the truth of her story.
The plot was a bit confusing and it took a while to figure what the ‘Readers’ in Orkney did. The romance between Alex and one of the Oakney men, felt forced and the brief, sex scene was so sudden and unromantic. Harry, her fiancé may have been boring but he did stand by her so it made no sense for Alex to leave him for someone she didn’t really know. This development did mar my enjoyment of the book and ending and it would have been so much better if Alex had made a different choice.
Perfect for Fans
Anyone who likes humour and romance in their science fiction and fans of Bridget Jones who don’t mind a little weirdness in their fiction.
An enjoyable original genre mash-up and would recommend this to anyone who wants a different kind of book despite the fact I didn’t like Alex’s choice at the end of her story.