The Odds of Lightning by Jocelyn Davies

Challenge #33 ~ “A magic realism novel.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

My opinion in three sentences:

A comfortable, easy read. The voices of the four protagonists wove together well to offer changing perspectives on the scenario, crafting four strong, relatable characters. Sure, there’s no soul-consuming or life-changing element, but it’s a solid, well-written book (which is the kind of thing we all need from time to time, right?)

(Without spoiling anything) the best bit:

There were lots of twists in this book – some were predictable, others not. The best thing about them all, however, was that they all worked and were the best course of action for the book (even those I saw coming). This helped keep reader interest and built the book, rather than spoil it.

A warning for the book:

Following a significant, supernatural twist at the start of the novel, the momentum faltered a little, slowing down whilst action-wise the plot was picking up. This meant I found it a little too easy to put down at will, although once I’d picked it up I was happy to read as long as I could. Useful if you only have limited time to dip in and out, but equally not a sign of a 100% enthralling chapter.

Recommended for fans of:

  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • The Outs by E.S. Wesley
  • Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

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