Are you looking for a good dystopian book? Then look no further! I read this book called Vanishing Hour by Lisa King and I think you should check it out too!
Synopsis: Seventy-year-old Matthew Werner, who suffers from a debilitating case of Not Normal, doesn’t know that nearly everyone on earth has died. He only knows that, out in the world, something terrible is happening – something he’s not willing to discover. So he barricades himself inside and tries to stay ignorant. That is, until twelve-year-old Ruby Sterling shows up at his doorstep, all alone.
The two have little in common. Matthew is old, strange, grumbly, and concerned only with figuring out what happened to his wife, who went missing months earlier. Ruby is serious, curious, and worried about the fate of her father and whether the future even exists. Neither wants much to do with the other. Which is why, when Ruby hears a voice on the radio telling people to come to a place called the Horizon, she’s determined to find it, even if Matthew isn’t.
But outside, he’s the least of her problems, and she’s the least of his. To survive, they must count on the last thing either expected: each other.
And the Horizon? It could be anywhere.
Or nowhere at all.
I buddy read this book with my friend Amanda and we both really enjoyed it! It was told from two different perspectives, one of a young girl and one of an older man, and how they came together in crisis and worked together to figure out what to do next.
The dystopian style of this book was really cool and the whole time I had myself wondering what this mystery was and why all the people were suddenly being affected like this.
The older man had a very interesting way of telling his story since he had triggers that would set him off. I liked seeing how he coped with this and how the young girl would react and help with this inner beast that he was constantly facing.
The narrative is told in a very fluid way and the book didn’t really have any boring parts for me. I found myself always wondering what was going to happen in the next scene.
It was also really cool that it was set a little bit outside of Toronto because I recognized the areas it was mentioning and made it a lot more realistic for me (being the Canadian that I am).
I would definitely read another book by Lisa King should she happen to write one (Hint, Hint send me a message when you do Lisa :P).
Book Rating: 4/5
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Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book in ebook format by the author to read and give an honest review.
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