Good day everyone!!
Today is the start of the Instagram Tour for The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders, a Sci-Fi, YA, Fantasy read with several underlying themes.
Firstly I would like to thank Titan Books for sending me this book for free to read and review on my Blog as well as taking part in the Instagram Tour.
Title: The City in the Middle of the Night
Author: Charlie Jane Anders
Publication date: Feb 12th
Publisher: Titan Books
“If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams… And from there, it’s easy to control our entire lives.”
Set on a planet that has fully definitive, never-changing zones of day and night, with ensuing extreme climates of endless, frigid darkness and blinding, relentless light, humankind has somehow continued apace — though the perils outside the built cities are rife with danger as much as the streets below.
But in a world where time means only what the ruling government proclaims, and the level of light available are artificially imposed to great consequence, lost souls and disappeared bodies are shadow-bound and savage, and as common as grains of sand. And one such pariah, sacrificed to the night, but borne up by time and a mysterious bond with an enigmatic beast, will rise to take on the entire planet – – before it can crumble beneath the weight of human existence.
I want to thank Titan books for sending me this book for free to read and review, as well as take part in the Instagram Tour that is running from the 11th – 15th February 2019.
My first impressions of this book were all over the place. I struggled to get into the chapters especially those written in the point of view of Sophie, who is one of the main characters. I found her quite hard to relate to and even though they chapters were well written they didn’t engage me into her story.
The second point of view Character was Mouth a female Resourceful Courier, who is moving from city to city to bring in goods to trade and make money. Mouth was more relatable and I found her chapters were engaging and that her story made more sense and enjoyable.
The book had so much promise, it had underlying tones of a corrupt government, the workers being downtrodden but the authority figures as well as those privileged being able to do what they want. I found Mouth and her band of Resourceful Couriers a breath of fresh air.
I also liked how Charlie Jane Anders brought to light the way the human race is basically destroying the planet, like we are our own. She has brought to life that things can change. Anders also touched on the relationships between those of the main characters and their secondary characters (Sophie and Bianca, Mouth and Alyssa) I felt that this could have been explored a little more but I was happy to be seeing some representation in the book.
Overall this book was hard to get into and read, there are so many excellent points being made and I loved the concept I just felt that it was too descriptive at times and it could have concentrated on one main character with the rest being secondary ones.
Hopefully you enjoyed my review of The City In the Middle of the Night!