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Suicide Club

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2018 publishing just keeps on getting better and better.  There’s already so much to look forward to not mention Ponti by Sharlene Teo, Circe by Madeline Miller, a new novel by Haruki Murakami and now it’s time to add Suicide Club by Rachel Heng to your lists.

There’s already been a lot of buzz about this book online so I considered myself very lucky to get a proof copy of this one. I mean the cover alone, I know don’t judge… but totally judge, this book looks striking. Plus having your debut novel published by Sceptre is ridiculously cool.

Set in the near future humanity is on the brink of immortality, well the elite are on the brink of immortality. Lea surrounds herself with the right people, has a high powered job, hasn’t eaten sugar in years, exercises everyday. One small mistake puts her under the surveillance of the ministry and slowly her perfect life starts to unravel.

I got about five chapters into Suicide Club when I realised what I was reading was a big deal. Heng’s novel had touches of Black Mirror in the sense that she had created a future that wasn’t farfetched, it was completely acceptable and imaginable that people would modify their bodies to extend their life expectancy.

One of the first themes that Heng explores in her novel of near immortality is how society grieves. The grief obviously lasting a lifetime but when that lifetime is hundreds of years.

Suicide Club has really stuck with me. I finished it a few days ago and I can’t stop thinking about this book, I can’t get into any other books. My mind keeps going back to this book! There was a lot I really connected with this book, I loved Heng’s writing style and the story was original.

I can’t recommend this enough and believe me, Suicide Club will be HUGE.

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng is published by Sceptre Books on 10th July 2018

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Phone Crazies

After finishing Colorless Tsukuru I figured it was time to jump aboard the good ship Stephen King again. Cell was on top of one of my ‘to read’ piles so I grabbed the paperback and carried on with King’s never-ending backlist. I always though that Cell would be a straight forward zombie novel. How wrong I was.

One day as event known as ‘the pulse’ causes everyone who is using or in the close vicinity of a mobile phone to turn completely insane. This all happens within all of three or four pages of starting this book.

Cell has one of King’s most escalated and brutal openings. There were two points in the opening chapter that made me feel a bit queasy and I knew this was going to be a tough read. Although the main character Clay is quite isn’t quite up there with some of King’s other leading guys, Clay’s band of survivors Tom, Alice and The Head (Jordan annoyed me, I don’t really know why, he just did) are fantastic and they really get you to commit to the story.

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I found the middle of Cell a little bit baggy but when you get to the main antagonist you find yourself flying through the rest of the novel and I was so impressed with the final act of this book. This is full of gore, action and leaves you glancing uneasily at your phone. Considering this was written in 2006 the outcomes in Cell would have been so much worse if smart phones had been knocking around at the time. Cell reminded me of The Stand a fair bit, there’s a lot of walking in this novel and a lot of tension.

Have a read of this before the film version of this comes out. Finishing this I checked out the cast list of Cell and my goodness… I was not impressed and it’ll probably be a film I give a miss.

I don’t know what King novel to crack next. I can’t bring myself to read the final Dark Tower novel, I really don’t want it to be over when I read that last book. I’m thinking of toughening up and have a crack at Cujo… or I might wimp out and put that one off for a little while.

“Thanks maggot”

When I received my august Stephen King superfan pack from Hodder, I knew that the first book I would start would be ‘The Running Man’.

I needed something short that I could fly through. I was in the process of reading ‘Eyes of The Dragon’ by Stephen King but in all honesty I couldn’t get into it. I didn’t find the story engaging enough and I think that it’s more of a winter book.

Published in 1983, The Running Man is a grim, nasty little novel he wrote under the name Richard Bachman. Set in the near future where the gap between rich and poor is evident and substantial, Ben Richards signs himself up to The Games. Richard’s family consists of his wife Sheila and their baby daughter Cathy who is suffering from pneumonia, money is the only thing that’ll be able to provide Cathy with a cure and money is the one thing the Richards family doesn’t have. In a society where brutal reality television game shows rule the airwaves entering these games is the quickest way for the poor to earn cash.

At 241 pages long I finished The Running Man in two days. It’s really fast paced and the tension that Bachman (King) creates is fantastic. When the whole gist of the novel is a man running for his life for 200 pages, the author doesn’t falter when describing the desperation and the bleak surroundings the main character encounters.

It’s easy to see that this is one of the novels that must have influenced The Hunger Games and a few other recent dystopian thrillers.

If you want something quick, compelling and dark then read The Running Man. This is also a great novel for those who haven’t read any Stephen King before.

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