I’m not sure how I really felt about this book. I’m not sure why I picked it up. I am sure it haunted me for a few days afterwards, and writing this blog post will probably bring those thoughts back to the forefront. This is about an extremist group and suicide bombings, but it isn’t one you’ve ever heard of and it takes place in contemporary London. I found it disturbing, but I didn’t put it down. If the title and cover don’t scare you off, it is thought provoking, but I ultimately gave it three stars.
Genesis wakes up from a blind date to find she has been strapped to a bomb, a victim of an extremist group who want to use her to bring chaos and fear to the people of London. This was an action packed read that took a little while to get off the ground. I found it very compelling once the pace picked up, and I finished it in a few hours. I did struggle with the prose, which was a stream of consciousness monologue for the majority of the book. There were proverbs that began with “Life is . . .” throughout the narrative, and I found them annoying, so I just started ignoring them. I understood their purpose, but I was over them pretty quickly. I wasn’t sure how this one would end, even with just a few pages left, and when I got to the final page, I was pretty surprised. Ultimately, I was left wondering what the author’s purpose was because this was heavy reading material for a book that I mostly enjoyed for the action, which I kind of felt guilty about because of the heavy topic. I think the contemporary setting and the topic will make a lot of readers uncomfortable, and when you pair that with the unconventional style, I don’t know how many of my high school students would be willing to stick this one out until it becomes so engaging they can’t put it down. The language is appropriate but the situation makes this a better choice for mature high school readers.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.