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Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky To fix the world they first must break it further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose. There is so much to love in Service Model, but one of the things I most love about it is the peculiar blend of charming innocence and insightful cynicism. Uncharles the domestic robot is such a simple soul (though he would state that he has no soul and this is an inaccurate description). He approaches the end of the world with optimism and hope, or whatever equivalent to these emotions h

Review - The Furies by Katie Lowe

The Furies by Katie Lowe

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You'd kill to be one of them.
1998. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on school property, dressed in white and posed on a swing. No known cause of death.
Four girls know what happened.
They've kept their silence.
Until now.

I loved this book.

It has an ethereal, almost erotic, definitely slightly surreal beauty to it.

It's reminiscent of Picnic at Hanging Rock and Virgin Suicides. We know there's a tragedy coming from the opening, the tragic, cinematic beauty of the dead girl on the swing, but we don't know exactly what it is or how we're going to get there. The characters bear similarities too, beautiful young girls who just don't fit into the world around them.

There's a beauty and there's a horror to it all. I loved the characters of the four girls, who all felt vibrant and real, powerful and vulnerable. The men in the story are generally pretty awful, undeserving of the girls' beauty, and richly deserving their vengeance. I loved the supernatural elements blended into the contemporary setting.

The Furies is not a comfortable read. The events of the novel made me feel distinctly uneasy and looming over the whole story is that one image of the girl on the swing. I'm not sure if the conclusion quite lived up to the promise of the rest of the book though. I think I was maybe expecting something more, something bigger, but it definitely had a heartbreaking emotion of its own.

I'm giving The Furies four and a half moons.


The Furies is published by Harper Collins. It is available now in hardback. I received a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review


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