review

84k by Claire North

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Synopsis from GoodReads:

“What if your life were defined by a number?

What if any crime could be committed without punishment, so long as you could afford to pay the fee assigned to that crime?

Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office. He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.

But when Theo’s ex-lover Dani is killed, it’s different. This is one death he can’t let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.

Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up.”

My thoughts

After watching Bird Box, a dystopian end of the world film, I fancied reading something dystopian and by chance at the right time picked up this book. I Read 10 chapters in the bookshop and had to buy it. Couldn’t stop reading, waiting for a lift home from work I just stood outside the shop and carried on reading. I never usually do that.

This book hooks you and despite the darkness you need to know what happens so you continue reading and learning more about the world and how it came to be.

Speechless. This book has made me speechless. It’s style is an art form. Sometimes it goes back and for, past and present telling Theo’s story. Sentences left unfinished:

“we never finish saying anything that might matter at all.”

Beautiful almost poetic at times but a harsh dystopian world taken over by a greedy money hungry company. People have become desperate and some are like animals; rabid crazed animals. I don’t know how often I stopped reading with an open mouthed expression.

It’s simply amazing.

I want to read all of Claire North’s books now.

7 thoughts on “84k by Claire North”

      1. I’ve read a few fantasy before. I love Robin Hobb. And I’ve read a few Neil Gaiman. But I read many genres and never really look out for new fantasy. It’s great to discover more books and authors to read. R.J.Furness and Tim Clare got me wanting to read more fantasy

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  1. I love dystopian but had never heard of this book. After reading the synopsis though, man what a hook! I’m adding it to my tbr now. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the book, thank you for the review!

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