25 Perfect Days Kindle Edition
|Length: 322 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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This is a grim, dark, puzzling book. One of the bleakest and most hopeless things I've read.
I love it!
As the name tells you, the twenty-five short stories cover 25 days in the life, which don't begin to approach perfect. The stories tie together, but subtly. I'll read the book again, partly because of its writing, partly so I can sort out the characters. Pay attention to them, because some appear again, from one to several stories after you meet them.
A church called The Way is at the top of the food chain and rules through armed thugs. People meet their maker for bizarre reasons, "making weight," for example. Yes, just as an athlete who is considered too heavy to play in our own world is cut from the team. No one is safe. Why? Either the terminations are capricious, or they are cleaning out those who don't embrace The Way. I think both.
My favorite part of 25 Perfect Days was how the author did not spoon feed the reader everything he/she needs to know. Many things are left up to the reader to infer, and fill in the blanks on his or her own. Some authors go so far out of their way to leave nothing to the reader's imagination that it was a refreshing change.
My least favorite part of 25 Perfect Days was the difficulty at times in keeping the cast of characters straight. Part of that stems from the larger number of characters, and also due to any character not appearing on more than a few pages at a time in a story. However, the author includes a list of the characters at the end of the book; bookmark this section right away, but beware of spoilers when looking at it!
I would recommend 25 Perfect Days to anyone wanting to read a near-future dystopian novel...limit yourself to just one story per day fro 25 days, give yourself time to absorb and think about each story.
one is deeply engaged from the first notes of the shudderingly good 'five minutes alone'. \m/
it's a cliche come true, an unrelenting page turner. a book that will make you think and feel. and one you will never forget.
And if you like the way this written I suggest you read Complicity by the late Iain Banks.
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