I decided it's about high time I finally sank my teeth into the many books which I've won over the years and this week I went for some dystopian literature. Having high expectations for both I must say I enjoyed them both, though I am a bit on the fence about the first one as I feel I should have appreciated it more than I actually did ...
The Uninvited (Liz Jensen)
Thoughts. Children killing adults and adults committing suicide. The story is mainly carried by a truly intriguing narrator, though reading has been a trudge for me despite the fascinating premise. Usually I love a subtle kind of horror, but this one does nothing more than meander and peter out at the end without providing any closure.
First line. A seven-year-old girl puts a nail gun to her grandmother's neck and fires.
Verdict. Disturbing yet somewhat slow-going tale of a new tomorrow!
When She Woke (Hillary Jordan)
Thoughts. Hannah is punished for her "crime" of murder (abortion!) by being "chromed" into a "Red". A truly captivating and thought provoking read, the second half couldn't quite hold up to the beginning with subplots never being resolved and some events feeling forced and unnecessary. Nonetheless a must-read for lovers of the genre!
Last line. She woke, and she was herself.
Verdict. Bleak and thoughtful dystopia with minor flaws!