Read this book for my Young Adult Book Club March pick. It is a very thought provoking book. Really makes you think and is perfect for book clubs who are looking for some deep discussions. This is a great Utopian novel!
Here is the goodreads description:
This is one of those book that are hard to put into words. It is very short ... 150 pages is all. I read it in like an hour and a half. The neat thing is that this whole novel is based around an interview. So you learn all about the story that way. And it even switches up the narrative.. first person, third person, and even watching the story unfold in a hologram. This actually all works well for the story.
I am not sure if this story is a young adult book? I think in some countries (this is published in 22 countries)it is marked as adult and then other places it is marketed for adults. I really don't see very many young adults picking up this book which is too bad. I think it would allow them to read and question their own point of views. The twist at the end of this novel is AMAZING and blew me away. I did not see it coming though some in my book club did.
The author Beckett is from New Zealand and has agreed to do a Q&A with my book club which you can find here. He creates a book that makes the reader question their own beliefs. The questions in this book include what is the origin of life? Did humans create their own evolution to make us look like the main living things? Are humans conscious and if so how do we know that? Do humans really have a soul and this is what separates us from other living things? These are really the questions that this book has you think about so as you can see it is much deeper then most young adult novels (or like discussed above an adult book). If you check out his blog you will discover he writes these kinds of questions even on there.
I think that this is an amazing book. Almost needs to be read twice to really get everything the novel is trying to say. It's not totally my style of reading but still really good. Because this book has been published in so many countries there are many many different book covers for it. I always love when there are several book covers for a book and I can look through all the different art. Here are some that I found:
The crystal ball says:
Fog is coming..... in the middle of the road on this book!