London Eye by Tim Lebbon [Review]

London Eye by Tim Lebbon [Review]

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  • Title: London Eye
  • Author: Tim Lebbon
  • Publisher: PYR
  • Pages: 228
  • ISBN: 9781616146801

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Rating:

Well the book synopsis claims:

The Hunger Games meets The X-Men in an exciting post-apocalyptic debut.

Let’s get this out of the way first. It’s neither of those, and making those comparisons do London Eye no justice at all.

Following an alleged terrorist attack, where a chemical agent was released, and thousands are dead. London is shut off from the rest of the UK, with survivors left to fend for themselves.

I say alleged, because it soon becomes clear that all is not as the government claims, and while they may not have been responsible, their conduct in the aftermath raises a lot of questions.

Four friends, Jack, Lucy-Ann, Jenna & Sparky, all currently live outside of the old capital city, but have reasons for wanting to find a way in, to find family and finally discover the truth, after months of clues and rumours.

When, Rosemary, an older woman from inside the exclusion zone, appears on the outside looking for them along with news about Jack and his sister’s parents, also promising she can get them in, they find themselves having to trust her, but not before she does something that almost breaks that trust before it can be earned…

Rumours about mutations caused by the chemical realised on the day of the attack, are soon proved to be anything but. It seems some of the survivors have developed new senses and powers. Some of these will be essential for the friends survival, but not everybody with them will be out to provide help. There are those actively looking to harm the friends.

One of the things that first convinced be to give the book a go (other than the cover) was one of the blurbs that highlighted the friendship between the main characters and the relationship between Jack and his sister.

I’ve talked about this a number of times on the blog, and as a reader I am mostly drawn to likeable characters, and well realised friendships between them. I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t disappointed by what was on show here.

The four teenagers, haven’t all been friends for that long, but clearly in the time they have been together they have developed a close understanding, and this allows for a bit of banter and black humour to lighten proceedings occasionally, and which always feels quite natural.

Tim Lebbon, also does a nice job depicting apocalyptic London, and the grim reality they all now find themselves in, and the plot and pacing both combine to keep the pages turning.

But there are some niggles that just pull my enjoyment of the book back a little. Stuff like Emily filming events almost constantly, without her camera battery ever running out of a charge, a minor thing for sure, but it did keep pulling me out of the story, once I’d noticed it.

I’d’ve also liked a little more exploration of the hows, whys and wherefores of what had happened and what was going on now, that along with a little downtime (padding if you like) would’ve just have added a little bit of extra colour, and made the whole thing a more satisfying experience.

That said I really did enjoy the book and I’ll be looking to pick up the sequel, Reaper’s Legacy soon after its release next month.

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The Hunger Games meets The X-Men in an exciting post-apocalyptic debut.

Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a military force known as Choppers.

The rest of Britain believe that the city is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland. But Jack and his friends, some of whom lost family on what has become known as Doomsday, know that the reality is very different.

At great risk, they have been gathering evidence about what is really happening in London, and it is incredible. Because the handful of Londons survivors are changing. Developing strange, fantastic powers. Evolving.

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Buy: London Eye by Tim Lebbon

 

 

Darren

Bart, is a fully signed up member of Book Addicts Anonymous ;) Despite, constantly fighting a losing battle against his T.B.R pile, he is never happier than when he manages to sneak a new book in to the house!

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2 Responses

  1. Debi says:

    You made me want this when you bought…you made made me crave it with your review! I love what you had to say about friendship in a book…I hadn’t actually thought about it before reading your words, but I think that’s really one of the things that I’m loving so much about the Tomorrow series. I mean, obviously, I’d have to be a moron not to notice how important friendship is in the series, but I hadn’t really given much thought as to how incredibly REAL the friendships feel in those books.

  2. Mystica says:

    It sounds a bit like an Atwood! intriguing.

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