- File Size: 2626 KB
- Print Length: 334 pages
- Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers (March 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 29, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DMSUZ1U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,778,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had to re-read the first few chapters twice because I had no idea where we were or who was who. I decided just to run headlong into the book, hoping that things would be clarified. Having eight characters mentioned by mid chapter one, with only three with any development, wasn't helpful. I wasn't sure, besides Buchan who to follow, but eventually it all mostly got sorted out.
It's a wordy one, I'll tell you that! While well written, and tackles an almost taboo subject with tongue firmly planted in cheek, but much expounding and flowery chit chat could have been tightened up to make a more reader-friendly book. It tends to go off the story arc with incessant talk of football and other unnecessary chatter. I understand one of the characters is Big in football, but we could have been given some color, and then moved on.
I almost put it down at the first bit of Yankee bashing, but thought the author was just getting a lick in for fun. He did so again in a later chapter, but I had too much time invested to not try for completion. Without this, I would have gone for four stars. I'm not thinking- I just didn't feel it was necessary to move the story.
Overall, I enjoyed the book as one who likes to sample a variety, when not reading for research or editing. So... all to say, If you are looking for an engaging (and different) read, here it is. But be prepared to spend a lot of time reading.
What if there is an island where all the people who live there live their second life? Imagine visiting an island, starting a new job there and then figure out that no one is getting old, no one dies. Because they are all dead! They all have committed a suicide!
Do you think that they deserve a second chance?
I think they do. Whatever the reason for the suicide is, everyone deserves a second chance. Far away from everything else, start a new life with new people same as you. Well, not exactly same, but you know what I mean.
Moristoun is a fictive island where the people who have committed suicide go. Not all of them, just some. There is a court that decides who deserves a second chance, and does everything by “the Book”. McSorely, a mortal human like you and I, finds himself in a new place with a new job to do. Most of the story follows him and his journey on the island. It takes a time to figure out what is really going on here. In Moristoun, McSorely meets different people with different stories and different destinies. Everyone has his/hers own reasons for committing a suicide and everyone copes in a different way with the consequences of his/hers own decisions.
At first, it was hard for me to get into the story. There were moments when I had no idea what was going on. But page after page, the author took me into the lives of these characters and I’ve found myself walking into McSorely’s shoes. Some of the characters were really one of a kind. Some would make you laugh, some would make you cry. They all had different reasons to come on the island, but they all had one thing in common, hope and second chance. Not everyone gets that these days.
Overall, Moristoun is a good utopian read with lots of symbolic elements. And plus there is a mystery all over it. I had no idea what to expect when I started reading, but it didn’t disappoint me at all. Not my cup of tea, but I can recognise a good story when I see it. That’s why I’m rating it with four stars.
A little about me: I’m a firm believer in fate – I think everything happens for a reason, and our destiny is predetermined, and that no matter what path in life you take you’ll get to where you’re meant to be. I’d like to think there is some kind of afterlife, else death seems very dark, depressing and scary, however I don’t believe we’re ‘reborn’ or anything of the like. Moristoun thus questioned my own ideologies, meaning the book stays with you long after closing the back cover.
Moristoun follows the storyline of two key characters – McSorely, a mortal human like you and I, and Buchan, who is a member of civilisation on Moristoun soil after committing suicide himself. As you progress through the book, you learn more about the island itself – how and why a mysterious entity called ‘The Council’ lay down the law on the island, how ‘The Book’ holds the secrets to a happy, fulfilled life and how the residents are, essentially, prisoners of their own minds. What first may appear as a utopia for a mortal in great distress, is soon unveiled to truly be the opposite – a dystopian land for those trapped within.
At first, I found the book a slightly difficult read in comparison to the ‘chick-lits’ I normally read, and therefore only read one or two chapters at a time. However, as I became more invested in unveiling Moristoun’s secrets and the developing relationships between McSorely and the residents of Moristoun, I found the book difficult to put down. My 30 minute daily commute flew by!
What I loved the most about the book is the depth of it – what initially seems like a rather flat, fictional storyline, soon develops into the complete opposite. I particularly enjoyed the contrast in the dialect used between different characters, as it was interesting to see just how much the English language has evolved over centuries.
I would rate this a solid 4.5/5 – I think Kevin McAllion is a genius with this storyline. The book is so well written that you almost forget it is a work of fiction! I would highly recommend this book, particularly to anyone interested in philosophy or even those who are a little low within themselves – the book is very inspiring!
Reviewed by Jodie K at Whispering Stories Book Blog
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**