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Atomic Number Sixty tells the story of twenty-five year old Holly Holloway who has been taken hostage and has exactly sixty minutes until the bomb she is attached to detonates.
This is a super fast-paced thriller, the short chapters and the minutes at the head of each chapter add to the frantic pace of the book. I really liked the way this book is constructed. I was hooked from the very first chapter. Don‘t be deceived by the length of Atomic Number Sixty…Dave has managed to pack a lot in, creating a well-rounded story.
Holly is a sassy, funny, strong young woman and I warmed to her and her family immediately. Dave has managed to get you fully involved with the characters in a short space of time. He has interspersed the story with Holly reflecting on her past giving a real sense of who she is. Written in first person narrative the reader is privy to Holly’s sarcastic sense of humour and her thoughts on life in general.
‘I wondered who was crazier. The brainwashed. Or the worms whispering in their ears, leading them on such a destructive path.’
The tension is built up brilliantly and the ending took me totally by surprise. I found myself devouring this book to find out if Holly would survive.
Definitely check Atomic Number Sixty out especially if you are wanting a quick read. This is a great debut and I look forward to reading more by Dave in this series.
As the story plays out you are being constantly reminded how much time is left before the bomb goes boom and that does make for some very tense reading. Seeing as the subject matter is about an act of terror, the dialogue is very political at times, the author is not afraid to get his point of view across. I think this is a very clever and brave book and I'll be checking out book 2 to see where the story continues.
Set in real time, Automic Number Sixty has sixty chapters. Each chapter takes the reader one minute, giving a genuine account of the last hour of Holly’s life. I have never seen a concept quite like the one Dave Johnston has created. It is thrilling and face paced, making it impossible to put down. Each chapter flies by creating a realm of mystery and panic.
While the plot didn’t intrigue me at first, I’ll say that I was blown away by Automic Number Sixty. The more I read, the more invested I became. There were moments of shock, humor and angst. I believe that this series could really take off and I look forward to reading the next installment.
I would love a bit more depth to the characters in the coming books. However, for the first book, Automic Number Sixty did exactly what I believe it was intended to do: stun the reader and entice them to beg for more of this series .
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have a feeling this series could end up being a heavy hitter. I am very excited to see where the author takes this one and looking forward to the next book!
There is a lot of death in this short read. Holly’s brother died while she and he were still young. The horse in the barn died. Leo’s friend Dimitri died. William the janitor died. And the threat of the imminent death of Leo, Holly, and anyone in City Hall are the cocoon holding the novel together for its short life.
What can the reader expect? A fast read. A surprise ending. And the comfortable knowledge that the reader will be able to get through it and be surprised in a period of time under two hours, for sure. Maybe you will not be able to get through it in one hour. It is only polite to say hi to the kids when they come through the door while you are reading this. There might be snack preparation time or a bathroom break.
But for completion addicts, this is an easy one to add to your “done” list or strike off your “to do” list.