How far would you go to save those you love?
Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion.
Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice . . .
I received this book in exchange for an honest review but this did not affect my opinion at all.
I am a massive Lauren James fan. I’ve read all of her books bar one (which I do really need to pick up ASAP) and in every single one of her books, she manages to still surprise me with how damn good she is.
Lauren James is a master at creating these fantastic sci-fi universes. I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, it’s not a genre that I really enjoy. As I am really picky about sci-fi books, the books that I end up picking up are always amazing and most of the time, it is a Lauren James book. This book might be my favourite of hers overall which is surprising. I have absolutely adored all of her books but with every book she releases, she gets better and better.
I devoured this book in less than 24 hours which is a feat in itself. I was hooked from page one and I couldn’t put it down. I was shocked to find out that I had read over 100 pages in one sitting which is definitely not something that I normally do. Every time that I would debate putting the book down, a massive plot twist would occur and I would have to keep reading. Lauren James manages to keep her tradition of shocking me with her many plot twists that I can never guess in advance.
What really makes Lauren James’ books for me is her characters. If I don’t like the characters in a book, I won’t like the book. Lowri and Shen were such fantastic main characters to read about. I was fascinated by how they thought about things that are so common to us such as social media. This book mainly focuses on what it means to actually be human and both of the main characters represent that theme of humanity. I especially loved Shen and I wish we occasionally got his POV as well.
Recently, I’ve started picking up on quotes that I love in books a lot more and I tabbed a lot of quotes that I thoroughly enjoyed whilst reading this novel that I can’t possibly share them all with you but I thought I would share two of my absolute favourites with you.
“There’s no finish line you need to cross to have lived a worthy life, Lowrie. You don’t need to achieve anything if you don’t want to.”
“…Maybe that’s what matters. Maybe that’s what being “alive” is. It’s not some trick. There’s no magic chemical that gives something a soul. It’s about being loved and loving in return.”
Since I’ve followed Lauren’s work since her debut novel, it’s clear to me how much she has grown as an author in terms of plot and writing and I know that her books are going to continue getting better and better. I hope you all enjoy her new novel as much as I did and you should definitely pick it up when it releases on the 7th March.