Author: Claire North
Genre: Science Fiction
About the book: It’s a standalone sci-fi novel where rich people can commit crimes and pay them off instead of get punished. I received an advanced reader copy from Hachette.
First impressions: I had no idea what to expect, but I was taken aback by the writing style. Nevertheless, the story slowly but surely started to grow on me.
Characters: By the end of the novel, I liked the characters more than I did at the beginning. Theo, the protagonist, wasn’t the easiest guy to root for at first, but in my opinion, he redeems himself.
“Did you think that kindness is born of terror?”
Writing: North writes in a unique but fragmented way. She uses line breaks to format some of her prose like a poem. I found her style a bit challenging, even confusing. Even so, I think the author compels readers to slow down and ask questions. I enjoyed part two more than part one because pieces of the plot start to fall into place.
Final thoughts: The ending provides some closure but also leaves room for individual interpretation. Although some things went over my head, I appreciate the work as a whole.
North’s latest book is a tough but worthwhile read. 84K comes out on May 22, 2018. If the story sounds like your cup of tea, consider pre-ordering it.