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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

What I've been reading

The Humans - Matt Haig 
This has been a favourite. It did 'go off on one' a bit at points towards the end and seem a little laboured out but some of the premises at the beginning made up for that.  This blunt take on humans from an alien perspective reminded me a bit of Don in the Rosie Project which made it all the more charming. I believe the alien occupation of the protagonist is also a metaphor for a mental collapse and theres a couple of philosophical notions in there.

The Girl With All The Gifts - M.R, Carey 
At first I wasn't sure about this one, I was worried it was all going to be based in the one place and couldn't see where it was going to go, but once the pace picked up and the characters got on the move I really got into it. In some ways it was similar to The Walking Dead but with the complication of there being child zombies who are still half human (although that wouldn't phase Carol) Be warned its all pretty glib being the apocalypse…and a bit gruesome. I liked it. 

If You Find Me - Emily Murdoch 

If You Find Me might be a little heavy for some as the core of it is child abuse but its very poetic and I did enjoy the story becoming clear. The characters are created really well. It reminded me a little of 'Room' by Emma Donoghue in the sense that its about growing up away from society and then the shock of being surrounded by people for the first time.

I'd recommend The Girl With All The Gifts the most out of these. I'm currently reading another post apocalyptic book The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, Yey! End of the world!