Nov 29, 2013


IncendiaryIncendiary by Chris Cleave
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chris Cleave is a (unmistakably) British author with a unique, captivating, powerful style.

His plots are unforgettable, well built, as close to reality as the improbability of his subjects will allow. The same can be said for his characters and for his setting of choice, London.

I first fell in love with "Little Bee", his second novel, that accompanied me on a journey straight back to the years when I used to work in the British Social Services.

I shivered all the way through "Incendiary", his first success, a page-turner that combines an harsh, not-so-far-from-reality, apocalyptic scenario with a crude, unlikely hero, a woman who has poor resources but is smart enough to recognize herself as the product of an unhealthy society in a sick world.

Next on the to-read list is "Gold", Cleave's third and recently published novel, promising more strong feelings and reflections based on the story of a famous athlete dealing with her daughter's deadly sickness. I particularly enjoyed the interview to Chris Cleave available on his Goodreads page.

My rating for "Incendiary" is 5 out of 5 stars.
The author, Chris Cleave, goes straight up into my top 3 British author, together with Nick Hornby and Jonathan Coe.

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