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It’s been a while since I read book one of this series so I had to jog my memory a bit, and the author doesn’t spend time re-explaining things so I recommend reading The Boy Who Fell from the Sky first. I’m not sure why I took so long to get to this as I enjoyed book one, though I seem to remember feeling that the story meandered a bit, and that the ending was too much of a cliff-hanger for my liking. The series is fascinating though, due in part to how realistic the author’s version of the future feels. The characters are also likable, with some new and interesting ones introduced here. In this book too I felt the story moved forward with more purpose and more questions were answered, or answers were at least hinted at. I’m going to try to not leave it so long before I pick up book three of this series as I really want to see how the story pans out.… (lisätietoja)
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EvBal | Nov 4, 2022 |
"The Kind had interesting ideas and a good plot but the storytelling was too arms-length for me and the cliff-hanger ending was annoying.

I loved the start of "The Kind". The title of the first chapter was eye-catching:

the dead girl and the talking dog

The first paragraph made me grin in anticipation:

SHE HAD BEEN DEAD for over an hour. It is one hour and twenty minutes since her breath shuddered to a halt in her chest, her heart stopped beating and her brain, starved of blood, shut down. I am a little late, then, he thinks.

That this-is-going-to-be-weird-but-worth-it storytelling tone is sustained throughout the book and mostly works. It is weird. It doesn't get any less so as the book goes along.

"The KInd" is the first book in a Young Adult post-apocalyptic quartet, set in a far-distant future Britain, remade into deserts and islands by climate change. It's packed with good ideas and clever world-building. I was fascinated to see towns I know like Ilkley and Buxton having become something different but not entirely new, to imagine Wales as a source of renewal and Land's End as an island.

The story is told more as a fable than as a realistic account of fictional events. We get the big sweep of history and a ring-side seat at the events people will write songs about but the characters in the story are more like puppets playing their part in a saga. There's almost no depth of characterisation.

There is a strong plot which kept everything moving and kept me wanting to know how everything would play out. The plot and the world-building mesh well. Every time I thought I knew what was going on, something new was added and the scope of the problem and the solution broadened.

This was interesting but a little too arms-length for me. I wasn't engaged by the characters and had only an academic "Oh-I-didn't-see-THAT-coming" interest in whether they lived or died. There's a huge body count in the story yet no sense of threat or distress.

The book has a cliff-hanger ending, which didn't endear it to me. Even in a quartet, I think each book should end and not just stop.

I won't be reading the rest of the books.
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MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
** I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway. **

I really enjoyed this solid and satisfying conclusion to the House Next Door trilogy. The characters were engaging and the story was very well told. I particularly liked the switches between present and future. I would have liked to know more about what happens next but I suppose I will have to live with my thoughts on what was written.
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J_Colson | Nov 30, 2017 |
Goodreads Synopsis:
The world is falling apart in 2055. Another flood has devastated London and it’s the eve of the First Space War. With the city locked down, sixteen-year-old Mathew Erlang is confined to his house with only his cat, his robot and his holographic dragons for company.
Desperate for a distraction from the chaos around him, Mathew becomes fascinated by his peculiar and reclusive neighbour, August Lestrange. Mathew begins to investigate Mr. Lestrange, turning to the virtual world of the Nexus and Blackweb for answers. But as he digs deeper, Mathew realises that Mr. Lestrange doesn’t seem quite human.
When Mathew accidentally finds himself trapped in Lestrange’s house, he opens a door and falls four hundred years into the future. Unwittingly, he starts to destabilise the course of human history.
A 1984 for a new generation, The Boy Who Fell from the Sky delves into a future where climate change and technology have transformed the world. It is the first book in The House Next Door trilogy, a young adult dystopian science fiction action adventure.

My Review:
Mathew seems older than he is. Although I was confused by the first few chapters of the book, I found the story interesting and couldn't wait to see what happened next. I love books about the future, especially ones with well thought out worlds and even though this book seemed like one big conspiracy theory, I enjoyed it a lot. I kept saying, okay just one more chapter. Robots are everywhere. It's the year 2055, and there's a war gong on. This was such a good read. I wasn't sure hat I was getting myself into but I'm glad I picked it to read next. It's so exciting and keeps me guessing. I really did not want to put it down. Not only did I like the world it was set in, I really liked reading about the kind of tech they have. It seemed plausible and really helped make me feel like I was reading about something in the future. It's an easy read and I didn't feel too old to be reading it while I worked my way through it. I definitely will check out the next book in the series and recommend you check this book out if you haven't already! Thanks for reading.

Check out this review and more at my blog!
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radioactivebookworm | Jul 21, 2017 |


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