Wednesday 21 March 2012

The Killables by Gemma Malley

As I started this book I found myself asking the question, "how much dystopian YA fiction can one person read?"

As you know, I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Hunger Games' trilogy and many of the other dystopian novels to come out since then, but have we all had enough?

According to Gemma Malley we haven't!

And once I got into her book, I found myself agreeing with her after all.

The Killables is quite bleak and grey during the set-up. I was reminded of '1984' several times and how I felt when I read it (bleak and desperate).

The City that Evie lives in is very controlled, very restricted and joyless. It's a world where nobody can be trusted or believed.

It takes a while for the action to get going and for the reader to truly engage with the characters, but it does happen.

Malley has been successful in creating a future world that we wouldn't want to go to.

The second half of the book races along with lots of action, tension and a little romance. There is no OMG cliffhanger, but apparently this is the first book of a (you guessed it!) trilogy.

Parental alert: there is one extremely discrete sex scene - even I almost missed it!

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