A psychological thriller and a science fiction novel, this month we’ve been reading…
After speaking to Leona about her book, I was so eager to read it to find out just what had happened to Captain Harry Peterson. It’s fair to say I wasn’t disappointed and I was flicking pages well into the night.
There is an explosion at a military ball. The casualties are rushed to hospital in eight ambulances, but only seven vehicles arrive, and Harry is missing. His girlfriend calls upon her old friend Dr Augusta Bloom (who appeared in Leona’s first novel) to support the investigation. When Harry is eventually discovered three days later, he can’t remember a single thing – and you spend the whole read trying to work out why.
It caused serious suspense and I can imagine it as a brilliant BBC drama. It’s a gripping and entertaining read, with a very unique storyline and I can’t wait to read the next in the series.
Faye Dixon, Co-founder
I’ve read a lot of books during lockdown, and naturally went back to an old favourite. I remember when I first read Uglies and was so captivated by the story I read the whole book in about five hours because I just couldn’t put it down.
The book is set 300 years in the future, where the government makes teenagers under-go surgery to make them ‘pretty’ as a way to get people to conform to rules and regulations. Uglies tells the story of teenager Tally Youngblood who rebels against society’s enforced conformity, after her friends Shay and David show her the downsides to becoming a “pretty”.
Uglies deals with themes of change, both emotional and physical and I think the reason this book resonates with me so much is because we are constantly being told what we should look like, and this story almost shows you a future of were this kind narrow minded thinking will lead us. Beauty is such a broad concept, and this book is all about accepting yourself as you are, embracing the things that make you unique and not having them stripped away from you. I believe anyone can relate to Scott Westerfeld work because at some point in our lives we’ve all felt like Tally, and had a desire to be ‘pretty’ and to travel with her on a journey of self-discovery is truly eye-opening.
This book is the first in a series of three: Uglies, Pretties and Specials.
Candice Farrow, Co-founder