Length: 334 pages
Publisher: Legend Press
I’m super excited to be on the blog tour for this book. This is N.J.Crookey’s second book, her first being ‘Poster Boy’
Henry Morris is watching his wife slip away from him. In an ageist society, where euthanasia is encouraged as a patriotic act, dementia is no longer tolerated. Kaitlyn, a young waitress, is desperate for the funds to keep her brother’s life support machine switched on. When a chance encounter brings the two together, they embark on an unconventional business arrangement that will force them to confront their prejudices, as well as their deepest, darkest secrets.
Set in a dystopian world, this book is told through the perspectives of Henry and Kaitlyn and I enjoyed both. Probably Henry’s a little more than Kaitlyn’s, as it for me was a little bit more emotionally charged and I liked that. Kaitlyn was maybe a tad cliched, and you knew how it was going to end up. But both are still enjoyable. They both became much more appealing as the characters began to forge a connection.
There some things in this novel that I wasn’t to keen on, like the situation Henry and Kaitlyn find themselves in. It was a little strange and a bit uncomfortable to read at times. Also the dystopian world has some aspects to it that didn’t need mentioning and some more that did. The whole euthanasia aspect to it was so interesting and I think it could’ve been explored a bit more.
Where this book was really at its best was when the character Chloe became coherent again after getting her dementia medication. She was the heart and soul of this book. The ending Chloe and Henry come to was really heartbreaking. I have to be honest and say I shed a tear. This book felt like it was building towards its ending and it’s lovely that it didn’t disappoint. It probably surpassed my expectations. Kaitlyn’s ending was good, if not a bit predictable, but it was Henry’s and Chloe’s that truly stood out for me. It couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
What this book does well is it makes you think, makes you ask yourself questions like ‘what would I do in this situation?’ And ‘is this where the future is headed? I also was on Henrys side as he tried to get Chloe her medication, but then I began to think is this really a good life for her. I think that’s the biggest impact this book has, its ability to make you question your own ideas.
I would recommend this book, especially if your a fan of dystopian fiction. Or books with an emotionally charged ending.
Thank to Legend Press for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It came out September 1st! Be sure to check it out.
Until the next review