Taken by David Massey

Challenge #34 ~ “A book set in, or by an author from, the Southern Hemisphere.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My opinion in three sentences:

I absolutely loved this book! Both the plot and the writing remained strong throughout the novel, creating moments of thrill and suspense, but also tear-jerking, poignant opportunities for reflection. Massey’s presentation of amputation and disabilities was also well-researched, and I thoroughly enjoyed his honest and respectful presentation of these characters.

(Without ruining anything) the best bit:

The atmosphere Massey achieves in this book is indescribable. The fast action-driven plot propels you on with suspense such that it is hard to put the book down, but at the same time Massey sensitively handles difficult themes and creates real opportunities for your eyes to well up.

A warning for the book:

The very beginning feels forced – Massey needs to introduce the setting, the main characters, and their relationships, and so the start feels very lackluster and basic. It doesn’t stay like this, however, so really do bear with it!

Recommended for fans of:

  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  • Hatchet: The Return by Gary Paulsen

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