I love M.R. Carey’s ability to write characters that you fall madly in love with, within seconds. Characters that reach out off the page and wrap you around their little pinkie. The Girl with All the Gifts is one of the best books I have read and it was my love of Melanie that made it so. The story and the way he built the tension solidified it’s place in my heart.
Synopsis – Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognizable world. A world where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly vines and seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, one of the dangerous shunned men will.
Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He knows the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture beyond the walls.
What he doesn’t know is – what happens when you aren’t given a choice?
In The Book of Koli, Carey once again uses his ability to evoke feeling and compassion within the first couple of paragraphs to capture your attention. By the end of the first chapter I was convinced this would be a 5 star read. I was completely enamoured with Koli.
The story is told from Koli’s point of view and it reflected in the writing style. I could see how the spelling and style could take a little getting used to it, but I personally loved it. It immediately takes you from your reality to Koli’s world.
“I went away, and then I come home again. But there’s more to the story than that, as you might expect. It was a hard journey, both ways. I was tried and I was tested, lots of times. You could say I failed, though what I brung back with me changed the world for ever.”
The story itself is not fast paced or full of action. It’s a coming of age story. The feeling of impending trouble builds nicely throughout the book. You know what is coming, but you don’t know how or when. It leaves you on edge. I really enjoyed the history, the way humans had caused their own downfall and bought about the very dangers Koli and his people now face. I loved that trees, of all things, were one of the biggest dangers in the books.
I can see why many love this book, it is wicked in many ways, unfortunately overall it left me bored. It was too slow and in places predictable. I’ve rated it a 3 on Goodreads. It’s not a bad book at all, just not for me and I doubt I’ll continue with the series. For those that are fans, book 2 and 3 will be out very soon, so you don’t have long to wait.
Title – The Book Of Koli
Author – M.R. Carey
Released – 14th April 2020
Publisher – Orbit
Genre -Dystopian/sci-fi ish