This novel has a strong opening. It drew me in quickly. However, the idea of a game that people choose
to join abandoning their normal lives is difficult to believe. I can understand people looking for more
information out of curiosity, but to leave their life to play a game is
unrealistic. Maybe if I were a
psychopath I would understand it!
Seraphine is an interesting character and the description
used in the opening scene of the aftermath of the initial event is well-written. There is a good misdirection in this novel,
which I won’t detail here as I do not want to give any spoilers to people who haven’t
I hadn’t anticipated a twist late on, so that was a
thought-provoking surprise and there are some interesting touches.
I have read many books recently that are extremely poorly
edited and this, unfortunately, was no exception, which is surprising from a
publisher such as Penguin Random House UK. What exactly do editors do for their
salaries nowadays, because it isn’t editing?
It is little things like a missing hyphen, huge spaces mid-sentence, an
asterisk at the start of a sentence for no fathomable reason – perhaps this is
still a draft and the editing is yet to be done?
The chapters jump from one character’s point of view to
another with no break to indicate the change.
This made me stumble and have to re-read each time. In other places there were line spaces where
there shouldn’t be, which lead to a stilted read.
There is a profound overuse of the word ‘elegant’ at one
point. If this was intentional, I can
see no reason for it and again, it interrupted my reading flow.
Worth a read if you can get past the lack of editing and
suspend belief over the storyline.