2015 Reading Challenge, Book 15: The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway

This is a very interesting book of post-apocalyptic fiction in the Wodehousian tradition of a salty lark told in florid and often exhaustively descriptive terms. I described it on twitter as fight club on LSD meets the Expendables and sort of explodes in slow motion. It’s a little more complicated than that, after all it is literary speculative fiction, but that’s a good description of the core story.

I found it a little meandering. Lots of asides about characters, history and background, some of which I found engaging, others less so, but the story kept my interest and I thoroughly enjoyed where it ended up. Lovely meditations in here upon how we often choose the familiar, the horrors of war and the awful decisions made therein and in the aftermath.

All in it’s a thoughtful, engaging tale that has at its heart some really cool ideas and interesting stuff to say, and I leave up highly recommending it!

You can buy it in the UK here

And in the US here


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