New year, new books. January is the time of year to read the books brought over the holiday period and to read the books we neglected the previous year.
Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman
Blackman’s teenage book explores a futrustic society founded with moral intentions to towards the enemies of the state. The young new wave of Guardians fresh out of trainin are thrown into the age old conflict. Kaspar, the legacy of famous Guardians, starts following his duty when the society and the truth behind it becomes murky. The enemies apparently blind tactics create a thrilling plot that engages the reader. The cast features a range of strong female characters that are a joy to read. The ending creates resolution but I did have to sit down and stare out of a window.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This nerdy goldmine of references will please anyone who loves games, movies or anything from the 80s. The range of characters are all defined and human. The premise and plot are brilliant and the villain is a capitalist company who are determined to privatise OASIS against the desire of everyone else. The treasure hunt of the Halliday Easter Egg brings traditional pirate stories to the modern futuristic settling. A great book to read to escape reality.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
This chilling story of the murder of the Clutter family is painted through the events leading to the event and the path of the killer’s and the detective after that night of the crime. The killers are presented as human which engages and repulses the reader as they have to face the reality behind the murder. The fact that the story is completely based in fact is shown through the journalistic type of narrative, preventing the reader getting lost in the story and forcing them to learnt the facts of the case.
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Vonnegut is an author I discovered this summer and instantly fell in love with. Previously Slaughterhouse 5/The Children’s Crusade was my favourite book but this story of Kilgore Trout and Dwayne Hoover is a captivating and briliantly insane. Vonnegut 50th birthday gift to himself is also a gift to the reader. The narrative is easy and flowing guiding the reader through the hair-brained plot. I would recommend this book to anyone as it’s a light easy read that explores deeper thends without the reader realising.