This is my penultimate blog post about the Branford-Boase
Prize longlist, and I have three books to talk about today. ACID by Emma Pass 2113. In Jenna Strong's world, ACID - the most brutal, controlling police force in history - rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed - or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember. The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID - and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.
First up is my favourite of this week’s books. ACID is a very exciting YA dystopian
thriller. I’ve been meaning to read it since it came out last year so I was
very pleased to see it on the longlist as it meant I would definitely schedule
it into my readin…
Frog Music is set
in late nineteenth-century San Francisco, a city teeming with immigrants,
sweltering in the heat, and in the midst of a smallpox epidemic. The story
centres on a real-life tale of murder that stirred up the press at the time due
to the victim’s eccentric ways. Donoghue works the facts into a dual narrative
that explores a friendship and solves the murder. Within this structure other
themes are able to blossom, such as identity, independence, freedom, and love.
But that isn’t everything either. Motherhood is a vital component of the novel;
so too is sickness, racial tensions, and the city itself.
The book begins with the event: the murder. Blanche
and her new friend Jenny are lodging at Eight Mile House, just outside the
city. They sing snatches of old French songs and get ready for bed; Blanche is
missing her infant son and Jenny, battered and bruised, is speaking without
thinking. As Blanche bends down to unpick a stubborn knot shots fly through the
room leaving Je…
Six Degrees of Separation is a brilliant new book meme
thought up by Emma Chapman and Annabel Smith. On the first Saturday of the
month we all get to think and blog about where our reading journeys take us.
Check out Emma’s blog here for her post about Six Degrees.
This month’s starting book is Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, and here’s my book chain…
Start: Burial Rites
This is next to read on my pile of Bailey’s longlist books.
I know it’s set in Iceland, which conjures up images of a cold and alien
landscape, leading me to…
1: Cold Earth by
Set in Greenland, an archaeological dig takes a sinister
turn as plague threatens to decimate the outside world.
2. Doomsday Book
by Connie Willis
I love a plague-ridden book and Willis’ time-travelling
adventure drops a PhD student in 1348. What could go wrong?
3. The Decameron
by Giovanni Boccaccio
If the need to hide from the Black Death presents itself you
can at least console yourself with Boccaccio’s amusing and often bawdy stories…