Tuesday, 24 May 2016
25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius
Author: Mark Tullius
Genre: Dystopia, Apocalyptic
Release Date: 15th March 2013
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Totalatarian states don't just happen over night. People's rights slip away day by day as one group comes to power. 25 Perfect Nights tells the story of the decline into a dystopia and the fight against it through 25 interlinked short stories.
I'm not going to lie, this book was kind of disturbing, in a completely scary way. I liked how it showed how America went on a downward sprial into a dystopia, it showed a great deal of talent from the author to pull off in a way that engaged the reader and kept their attention.
One of the issues I had with it is that I'm a character driven reader, and because each of the stories is only short I didn't have the time to fully come to care about the characters, or even really get to know them. In some ways this helped, because for a lot of them the outcome wasn't good, and even early on there were some shocking moments for them.
The dystopian elements were well thought out, the basis of which was a religious sect gaining control over the government and later everyone. There were other factors taken into account as well such as a baby boom, and how the government/Church of the American Way dealt with that, and I very much hope that no one in the world is capable of anything like appeared in this book.
This wasn't a happy read, it was fascinating and interesting and it ends happier that Orwell's 1984 (which I maintain is one of the scariest dystopian endings out there!) But its the realism that gets me. This isn't one of your teenage heroes are going to save the day dystopias, instead its one of the "the world is really messed up" ones.
25 Perfect Days is different and thought provoking, and I'm glad I've read it.