REVIEW: THE WHEEL OF TIME BY ROBERT JORDAN

SYNOPSIS:

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Moiraine Damodred arrives in Emond’s Field on a quest to find the one prophesized to stand against The Dark One, a malicious entity sowing the seeds of chaos and destruction. When a vicious band of half-men, half beasts invade the village seeking their master’s enemy, Moiraine persuades Rand al’Thor and his friends to leave their home and enter a larger unimaginable world filled with dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.

REVIEW:

I DID IT!!!I FINALLY FINISHED THE WHEEL OF TIME SERIES🥳🥳. It feels so surreal to even contemplate that a series that has been a big part of my life for a year now is finally over and I have no more books to get back into. It makes me sad but also relieved to be able to finish this huge series. Everything about the world, the characters and the plot is deeply etched into my mind and I know I wont be able to forget it for years. Even the ending was fantastic and probably the best series finale I have read in years. It was worth reading through all the imperfections (cough *Egwene* cough) and occasional slogs to reach this banging climax and I am eternally greatful for Sanderson for not letting Jordan’s hard work remain uncompleted. So in this post I am going to share what I deem is the best of Wheel of time just to show my gratitude and support to the authors for this amazing series.

The World.

Wheel of time is a series that is widely known for his vast, expansive world with dozens of different cultures and traditions and a very deeply rooted history of myths and legends. The title itself suggests that there is a pattern to time and we are following a cycle of different timelines with their own stories of heroes and villains. It sounds all grand and exciting when you think about it. Who doesn’t like a good ol’ good vs evil story with a massive battle and a banging conclusion that ends in peace between the kingdoms, right? But if you are in the world of WoT, there isnt just one conclusion. Sure, we have a huge battle thousands of years ago where The Dragon Reborn (the chosen one) seals the ever popular “dark one” and wins the war but it also lead to the corruption of the magic system and a catastrophic breaking of the world with millions of casualties. And so we have a victorious battle but a tragic conclusion that creates a strain on the society in the current age and time. There is a gradual degradation of society. Corruption and poverty is ever rising. And there are growing attacks by evil monsters like Trollocs and Fades, beings that have been dormant for centuries and are practically myths in the present time. It takes a long time for the people to even accept the fact the world is going to a dark place and its quite understandable since we are following multiple characters in multiple places across the world with no way to communicate instantly. We also have a matriarchal society where only women are allowed to channel their magic and men are killed for it because their magic drives them to madness. On the surface it seems very feminist to have a women dominated society since its very rare to see in fantasy and I, for one was extremely happy about it but as we dive into the intricacies of the system, we see that power can corrupt women just as it can corrupt men. Flaws arent gender specific and no matter who is in charge, too much power can either save a society or destroy it depending on how a person uses it. RJ had quite the progressive mind because he didnt advocate for a specific gender. He always pushed for a balance between the two sides which was so refreshing to see in a series that was written 30 years ago. It takes time and effort to change the mindset of the people, a mindset that has been rooted in the society for thousands of years. I am not ashamed to admit that it was frustrating at times but the results were satisfying enough to forget the rest. I think 15 books aren’t enough to capture the essence of the world. There is so much potential to explore and so many places to unravel in this series. But even if I wish Jordan was alive to write more books, I am happy with the ending and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

The Magic System.

Its safe to say that WoT has one of the most unique magic systems ever. At the core, it could be compared to other elemental magic systems that we have read about in different books. People can use their magic or One Power as we call it here, to control wind, fire, earth and even heal life threatening injuries. But what makes it quite unique is that One Power is used differently by males and females. We have Saidar for women and Saidin for men, both part of the One power yet channeled in completely different ways. Ofcourse in this series, at the time the story begins, saidin has been corrupted by the Dark One thousands of years ago and the men who can channel are seen as mad men. They are stripped of their power and that eventually leads to their death. Since Saidar is the only half of One power that can be safely used, women are powerful and are responsible for the safety and security of the kingdom. They are called Aes Sedai and they are trained for years in an institute called Tar Valon and are divided into different groups called Ajahs, each serving a specific purpose in the society like combat or research. Personally, I loved the perception of people towards One power more than the magic itself. It was interesting to see how people reacted to situations where Aes sedai use their powers or when a man is discovered to have Saidin. Most people revere Aes sedai but there are some who think Aes sedai are darkfriends, people who follow the Dark One because the magic is complicated with many rules and limitations. Its not enough to learn it but you have to take oaths to not abuse it as well because it has been done many times in their history with devastating consequences. We have so many mystery surrounding One Power and its two halves and I loved making theories about it. I loved the process of solving this puzzle and it was quite satisfying to know when I was right. We have a deep history surrounding the magic system, some of which were lost to the past but were slowly getting rediscovered by our protagonists throughout the series. We have different variation of One Power in different cultures. Both Saidar and Saidin get enough time to be explored in this series and I loved the slow unravelling of it.

The Banging Endings .

If you have ever read any wheel of time book, you know what I am talking about. RJ knew how to make a classy exit from each book. He knew exactly how to hook the readers and make them crave for the next installment. His endings are always thrilling and makes me so excited to start the next book. Its like an itch that I cant scratch. If I have to choose then I think the endings of The Great Hunt and A Memory of Light are my favorite. The former made me completely fall in love with the series and the latter gave me the biggest hangover ever. Even if any of the middle books turned out to be a slog, the epilogues were always worth the pain of reading the entire book. Hence why they are one of the best parts of the series for me.

So those are some of the many things that I love about tge Wheel of time. Before I wrap up I want to say that this isnt a complete post. There are many more stuff I wish to talk about, one of them being the characters. I would love to go in depth into every one of them but that will be in a separate post. So, yeah, I guess that’s it for now😄.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Until then..

Mid Year Book freakout tag

Hey guys!!! Its been a while, hasn’t it? A little life update from me since I have been pretty infrequent in my posts this year. 2022 has been a very busy year and I hate to say this but its going to get busier for the next 6 months as well. Career wise, its a very crucial and life changing year for me because as of March 2022, I am not a medical student anymore. I am officially a Doctor which is weird to say out loud because I still have so much to learn and experience in this field and I have barely scratched the surface of it. Its only going to get tougher going forward but I am very excited about the future and what it holds for me. I may not be able to post regularly as much as I want to but I wont stop reading because its what I love and its what grounds me during tough situation in life.

Anyways, getting back to my topic at hand, I have read a few books in the first half of 2022 and I think this tag is perfect way to summarise my reading experience this year. So lets get started, shall we?

1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2022?

I have read some great books this year but I couldn’t for the life of me choose between Abercrombie and Hobb because both of them are absolutely fantastic and a little bit sadistic when it comes to hurting their characters. But I adore them regardless because they have the ability to bring out the best in a story with even the simplest and the most mundane stuff. I havent read any author that could immerse me in a scene where all the characters do is sit around and talk to each other or do regular chores. Assassin’s apprentice was very slow paced yet I never felt bored in any part of the book. I was completely enamoured with Fitz’s journey from his early childhood to adoloscence and his dumbass choices that made his life miserable over the years. I empathized with him and rooted for him because his circumstances didnt always favor him but I also wanted to smack him in his head because he can be such a fool sometimes. Hobb definitely knows where it will hurt the readers and she uses that weakness so well. She also seems to love animals because her books have great animal companions as well. Abercrombie, on the other hand, is similar to Hobb went it comes to torturing his characters but whereas Hobb is subtle in her approach, Abercrombie is very blunt and straightforward. He will not hold back in anything and will show you the worst parts of humanity but in humorous and comedic ways. You will be disgusted one moment and then laughing the next moment AND feeling disgusted with yourself for getting amused at someone’s suffering. Its a very complex emotion but I have no other way to describe it. They are both so similar yet so different and unique in their art. Their writing is beautiful. Many people have described Hobb’s prose as cozy and I have to agree with that to certain extent but there is also a feeling of dread and melancholy to it as well because Fitz is recounting his past in the form of a journal and we already have a basic idea at the start of the book that he hasn’t had an easy life. Even with happy moments I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Both authors are masters of their craft and deserve all the hype they get.

2. THE BEST SEQUEL YOU HAVE READ SO FAR IN 2022?

Royal assassin, the second book in the Farseer trilogy took things up a notch and I loved everything about it. It was emotional and heartbreaking but I can’t complain because I am a sucker for drama and tragedy and this book delivered everything I hoped for and more. Chef’s 💋

3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO?

I loved The Bone Shards Daughter when I read it a few months ago but I never got around to reading the second book. There is a reason for it though. I want to read the paperback version of it but its quite expensive at the moment. I am waiting for the price to drop so that I could grab it as fast as I can. I cant explain it but there are certain books that needs to be read physically and this is one of those series and I planning to wait as long as I can. Fingers crossed 🤞.

4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND OF 2022?

I don’t really keep a track of new releases except for sequels to the books I have loved. I really liked Daughter of the Moon Goddess so I am hoping to read the second book when it gets released in the later part of the year.

5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

Yeah😐. I have come to realise that I do not like revenge stories anymore. I was hoping to love Best served cold because I loved The First Law trilogy so much. But I could not force myself to completely like this book. Abercrombie writes unlikeable characters that we all hate to love and love to hate but I never thought I would hate to hate a character like Monza. That women was the most annoying and frustrating character in the entire First law series and the only reason why I struggled with this book. I couldn’t bring myself to care about her. It didn’t make this a bad book in any shape or form. Infact there were certain parts and characters I really enjoyed like Shivers and Friendly but overall I felt pretty average about it. I have read other disppointing books this year but Best served cold stood out to me the most because I went into it knowing that I would love it and it didn’t turn out that way.

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?

I always believe that reading is like a treasure hunt because every once in a while I end up finding hidden gems during my adventure through different fantasy genre. Illborn and The land of the undying lord are some gems that I discovered during one of those hunts. They totally took me offguard with how good they were. Both of them had the chosen one trope. Illborn in particular has 4 characters that are supposed to be special and chosen by the Gods. But what makes this book so different is the way it portrays the characters. They all have distinct personalities and different goals in life that can make them either very loveable or downright evil in the eyes of the reader. I personally loved Corin but there is this one character that I hated with a passion that I have only felt for one other character in my life. Yet my enthusiastic brain still wanted to see what they were upto. It was quite entertaining and addicting to see them mess up and get into trouble for their own actions. There were also gifted with unique abilities that more or less were in tune with their personalities and talents. It was quite exciting and frustrating to see how their powers affected their emotions throughout the book. I think for a new author like Jackson it was really solid debut novel in an epic fantasy setting and I am eagerly waiting for the sequel to come out soon.

The Land of the Undying lord has a similar chosen one trope . It falls under Litrpg genre which makes the magic system similar to role playing video games. The world in this book, called The Infinite World have something known as Trials or Dungeons that the characters have to go inside to defeat the beasts living within it and get stronger in the process through rewards and power ups. And if they dont clear the trials, then in a few years, it will lead to a huge influx of magical beasts into the human domain and can potentially destroy the world. If you are a fan of anime and video games then this book is exactly what you are looking. I didnt have any high expectation at first because when I started it I was tired and on the verge of a reading slump and needed something light hearted that didn’t require any effort to understand. But like every ignorant reader, I underestimated the author. Wright’s attention to detail to every aspect of the book was amazing. His characters weren’t one dimensional and I really liked the main character too. He is a 12 years old kid with a very inquisitive and curious personality. He has the perfect balance of naivity and intelligence which makes him a very loveable character. The side characters were well developed and the book also had some of my favorite tropes like found family and a great mentor mentee relationship. Its like the book was made for me😁.

7. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

None whatsoever. I have come to love so many characters this year but I don’t really have a crush on anyone so far😅

8. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR.

So I have a rule that I need to read atleast 2 books by the same author to consider him/her as my new favorite. So with that rule, Robin Hobb and J.T. Wright definitely take that spot. I recently finished book 2 of The Infinite World series and loved it. I know for a fact that I would love the subsequent books as well and we all know that I already love Hobb. Both of them are so far apart in terms of their popularity but they have really impressed me with their art. I am looking forward to reading more books by them.

9. NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER.

That is a super hard question to be honest🤣. There have been so many characters that I adored this year. Corin from Illborn by Daniel T. Jackson was a standout character for me this year. At the beginning of the book he was a gentle and naive person who only wanted to have a peaceful life with his wife but with time as his situation started to get worse he had to take a stand for himself and shed away his innocence to protect his loved ones. I loved the evolution of his character. It was the most believable and fascinating part of the book. Another character that I currently fell in love with is Trent from The Infinite World series by J.T. Wright. He is one of those characters that at the start of the book seemed pretty generic to me but as I got to know him more and started to understand his personality he started to grow on me. He is a 12 years old kid but he is in a very unique position that restrains his freedom and he doesnt know that its not normal for him. So he accepts it and starts to adjust his life accordingly but when the world pulls him in different directions we start to see him question his entire existence. He starts to understand that there is more to life than what the world and people around him can offer. He is one of those characters we can relate to and understand because we have all been in similar position at some point of time.

10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

None actually. I have felt emotional and sad with certain books but I havent outright cried with anything so far.

11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY.

I was looking through my Goodreads and I realised that I havent read many happy books this year. All of them have been either intense, sad and amazing or dry and generic. But if I have to choose I guess Archangel’s light by Nalini Singh made me happy. Its book 14 in Guild Hunter series and I adored the couple in this book. I have been following their journey for years now and it was so satisfying to finally see them get their happy ending after so much pain and hardships. It was all about them dealing with their past trauma and unspoken feelings and moving on with their lives. Nalini Singh is an auto buy author for me and her books have always been a joy to read.

12. FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR.

Surprisingly, I haven’t seen any adaptations this year. So I can’t answer this question. But I did watch the latest seasons of The Umbrella Academy and Stranger things this month and it was an intense Rollercoaster ride for me. If you haven’t seen these shows before then you need to now because they are so freaking good😍.

13. FAVORITE REVIEW YOU HAVE WRITTEN THIS YEAR.

I have only posted 4 times this year and I don’t think I have been completely happy with any of them. But I did have the most fun while writing Best books of 2021. It’s always exciting to talk about books that leave the most impact on you at the end of the year.

14. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU REALLY NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

So many!!!!!! I have a huge backlog of books and series that I need to finish by the end of 2022. Some of the most important ones are The Wheel of Time series. I finished book 11 and New Spring early this year and I have three more books to go before I can conclude this incredible series. It has been a huge part of my life for almost a year now and it’s my goal to finish it before my anniversary of starting the series in August so it will be my top priority for now. I also need to read the final books of The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb and The Daevabad trilogy by S.A. Chakroborty because they have been on my shelf for a while. These will be my high priority books for the next few months. So, yeah! It’s going to be a busy couple of months, I guess.

15. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU HAVE BOUGHT THIS YEAR?

The cover was so calm and soothing, my shallow self came out of the shell to buy it😅

So that’s a wrap for this long ass post. Let me know how your year has been so far in the comments below. Until then…

MINI REVIEWS.

I haven’t done a reading update for quite a while and I believe its high time I talked about some of the books that I loved reading since the beginning of 2022.

1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Rate- 8/10.

Synopsis:

Set in the days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Review:

I read Station Eleven back in January and I really enjoyed it. It had a very distinct way of storytelling. We are following a symposium as they travel and entertain people though a world that was ravaged by a deadly virus and killed about 90% of the population . Its a multi-perspective character driven book where we get to know the characters across two different timelines, before and after the catastrophic event. I thought it was quite interesting to see how each and every character in the book were interconnected and how they were able to influence each other’s lives during the process. I didnt find it to be the most original book but I was fascinated by the characters and their journey. None of them had easy lives before the deadly pandemic and it definitely wasnt easy after the world collapsed but they had their own way of surviving all the bad things that happened to them, both in the past and the present. The book had a melancholic tone to it. It was sad and haunting but also hopeful. I loved the idea of a symposium. It shows the optimism of the humanity and imposes on the fact that even in harsh times we can find the time to amuse ourselves and be happy for a moment. And as a reader it made me happy that people can still find comfort in old classics like the King Arther and that they would continue to be loved and remembered even after the world has ended. Overall it was a really good book and I had a great time with it.

2. The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart.

Rate – 9/10.

Synopsis:

The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.

Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.

Review:

I am in love with this book and the author. She has created a story that would keep me obsessed over it until I read the sequel. The Boneshard daughter had some amazing characters, a ruthless but vibrant world filled with corruption and despair and a unique but creepy magic system that uses human bones to create constructs that are supposed to fight against ancient beings prophesized to return. Its a multi perspective book where we follow five different characters. I loved Lin the most among them. She was a complex character and her entire existence was shrouded in mystery. We, like Lin are absolutely clueless about her origins and why she lost her memories. She was flawed and made numerous mistakes on her drive to be acknowledged by her father but she faced dire consequences for her impulsive actions as well. I admired her courage to admit her faults and try to change things for the better. The plot twists surrounding Lin was some of the best I have read in a long time and one of the reasons why the book made it to my favorites of the year. Another character that I really loved was Jovis and his adorable companion, Mephi. He was a smuggler trying to find his missing wife but ended up saving multiple children from a deadly ritual. He was a character who wasn’t completely good or evil. But he had good intentions and I loved seeing that side of him in the book. I adored his interactions with Mephi who was a bundle of cuteness but also fiercely protective like a tiger. Their comraderie was one the best parts of the book for me. It was interesting to see how Jovis started to become the connecting link between different characters and made the book more cohesive and interconnected. I enjoyed Sand’s perspective as well. She was a mysterious women in a strange island who had lost her memories and we follow her as she slowly starts to understand her situation and tries to regain her memory in the process. And last but not the least, we have Phalue, the governor’s daughter and her lover Ranami who have a complicated relationship because they come from two different class of the society and it was interesting to see how their relationship was starting to change due to their difference of opinion about the several flaws and corruption within the government. My one complain would be that I couldnt connect with them as much as I did with Lin and Jovis. They had some great moments in the book but I also found them a bit annoying at times especially Ranami who claimed to love Phalue but didnt act like it. I also felt that the ending was rushed and everything got wrapped up way too early than it should have. Or maybe its just me wanting the book to be a little longer because Stewart did such a fantastic job with it. Either way I am excited for the sequel and can’t wait to dive into it as soon as I can.

Have you read these books? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. Until then..

The Bookaholics Anonymous Booktag.

Hey guys!! Its been so long since I did a fun book tag on my blog. So I decided to do the Bookaholics Anonymous tag which I accidentally stumbled upon on @love13reading. I don’t know who the original creator is but a big shout out to them as well. Anyways, lets get on with it, shall we?

1. What do you like about buying books?

I don’t buy a lot of books because I read more ebooks in my kindle. I also don’t have enough shelf space in my room to keep my books but when I do, the experience of buying them becomes more cherishing to me. I can read hundreds of ebooks but the joy of holding a paperback in my hands is an indescribable feeling to me. The smell of new paper and the joy of seeing that book adorning my shelf like an expensive ornament is like a food for my soul. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness is wrong.

2. How often do you buy books?

Not that often. I mostly buy them during my birthdays or any big festivals. Infact very recently I had the oppurtunity to go to the bookstore after 4 years. Suffice to say, I had the time of my life and even if the bookstore didn’t have many good collection of books I was able to buy few classics that I have been meaning to read for a while. It was a fun time 😊.

3. Bookstore or Online book shopping- which do you prefer?

I would love to go to a bookstore and stay there for the rest of the day but I am also an introvert who doesn’t like to go out much😆. So online shopping is the way to go for me. Besides my local bookstores don’t have fantasy or sci-fi genre so I end up buying most of them online.

4. Do you have a favorite bookshop?

Airports😂. Like I said before my local bookstores don’t have a good collection and I haven’t been to any other bookshops except the ones in the railways stations or airports. I like the ones in the airports more because they have books from every genre. Its a sad reality but we have to live with what we have😆.

5. Do you pre-order books?

Nope. I used to do that few years ago for the authors I loved or sequels to the books I loved. But over the years I started to realise that the starting price tend to be more at the time of release and it was draining on my allowance since I was still dependant on my parents. So these days I wait for the price to drop if I want the paperback or buy the ebook when the price is cheaper.

6. Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

Nope🤣. But I read an average of 5 books per month which on ebook is quite affordable. Also kindle unlimited has made them so much accessible to us. Its a good time to be alive, I guess😅.

7. How big is your wishlist??

Too damn big. I don’t even count these days. My tbr will keep growing until the day I die😂.

So thats a wrap for my post. I had a fun time with it and I tag anyone who wants to do it as well. Until next time.

Piranesi by Susanna Clark.

Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house—a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

Piranesi was the weirdest book I read in 2021. Its been a few months since I finished the book and I still don’t understand what happened. It’s hard to describe what I felt. It’s a mystery novel with some fantasy elements to it but it is structured in the form of a journal. I don’t gravitate towards this format of writing but surprisingly, I didn’t have any issues in this book. Its probably because Piranesi is such a great character. He lives in a house that is an entire world in itself. It is mysterious and strange. It is dangerous but beautiful and Piranesi understands it more than anyone else. He is someone who always tries to see the good in everything. He has a child like naivety to him but he is also incredibly smart and self reliant. He loves the house and he wants others to love it as well despite its dangerous maneuverings. I really love the fact that despite being gullible when it comes to trusting people, he has the ability to analyse whether the person he trusts is doing the right thing or not. His ability to doubt and speculate about the intentions of the people around him was able to save his life many times in the book. He was a great character and one of my favorites of the year.

I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book as well. There wasn’t any big surprise revelation in the end that solved all of our questions. It was a slow unravelling of the secrets surrounding our main character throughout the book. I felt so emotional when Piranesi started to realise that not everything around him is what he perceived. There were layers to people and to the house that he needed to peel off to know about his origin and it was not a pretty story. He had to grow a lot and he had to fight all the jumbled thoughts in his mind to reach an answer in the end. It was a strange book and like I said before I still don’t understand it quite well. But the author didn’t want us to have all the answers. She only wanted to write a story about a guy who is trying his best to survive in a strange, harsh world albeit with a little more optimisim than the rest of us. I really loved the book if it isn’t obvious from my review😂. The audiobook is fantastic as well and the narrator captured the emotions of the character to the tee.

Rate – 8.5/10

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