A Love Story? Really...?
Yeah. I loved this book. Here's why...
It follows the two protagonists, Emma and Dexter, through twenty years as friends, and lovers, and not friends.
The catchy thing is the way it's written - each chapter gives a slice of one day, the same day, over those years. And it's fascinating.
Fate, choices, and decisions. One Day.
Not a horror, or a thriller, just a simple enough dystopia set in the not too distant future, in which girls are not born but bred. Raised in schools and trained to please men in the hope of being chosen as a companion...
I stupidly began to read this just before bed time and couldn't put it down until I finished it, during the small hours.
Then I lay there, eyes open, for quite a while, and panicked about the world we are creating for our children. (As was the experience of everyone I loaned it to.)
Thanks Louise O'Neill. Thanks.
Yup, it's the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett.
Starting with 'The Wee Free Men', to 'A Hat Full of Sky', through 'Wintersmith', and on to 'I Shall Wear Midnight', each of these books is a perfectly crafted tale of the coming of age of young Tiffany Aching, a witch in the making from the Chalk downs.
Her stalwart companions (as she's their 'big wee hag') are the Nac Mac Feegle, a race of diminutive stature and mighty spirit, who may well be referred to as fairies... except for the way they got booted out of fairlyland for drinkin' and fightin' and stealin' ya ken.
Ostensibly a series for 'young adults', I see them very much as teaching manuals for real, practical withcraft, and thus of vital importance to anyone who has a 'new age' interest in learning such.
And the bittersweet news is that Sir Terry Pratchett's 41st and final Discworld book was the fifth in this series, called 'The Shepherd's Crown', though the publication date has not yet been released.