Published by Simon Schuster Audio on September 4th 2018
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“That’s what a relationship is for: mutual support and acceptance. No one understands me the way she does. And that means something. To me, it means everything.”
WOWZA! I really enjoyed this haunting and thought-provoking book! Junior and Henrietta (Hen)live away from most people and they like it that away. It’s quiet where they live away from the city sounds and lights. Then one day a man, Terrance, arrives and informs them that they have won a lottery of sorts and that Junior will be going away but don’t worry, a replacement will be left in his place so that Hen doesn’t have to be alone.
“We don’t get visitors. Not out here. We never have.”
If I had to describe this book in one word that world would be UNIQUE! This is a quiet book and the tension and creepiness slowly seeps into the pages. As I read, I knew that something wasn’t right, something was off, and wondered why isn’t the couple asking more questions. I believe this book is going to get mixed reviews but for me, I loved the premise and loved how it examines marriage, loneliness, acceptance, science, etc. I also loved the Author’s writing. It flowed effortlessly. One thing readers will have to get used to is Junior’s dialogue. When he speaks, the Author does not use quotations. So, at times I wondered is he thinking or speaking out loud? But it soon becomes clear what is what.
This science fiction book is eerie, and I had a hard time putting it down. Readers are told that this book is set in the near future, but we are not told exactly how far in the future or where the book takes place. We know it takes place in a rural location but not where. I thought this was a nice touch. Readers are left to use their imagination about where and when this book takes place. For me this book took place in American’s heartland and in an old farmhouse which we are told is surrounded by fields.
I found this book to be very enjoyable, well thought out and captivating. For those of you who are not sure about Science fiction or do not consider yourselves to be science fiction fans, I highly encourage you to give this book a try. It is not heavy on the science fiction and is quite enjoyable.
Thank you to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket books, Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.