"They say there is no hope in the Zone; death the only escape for the addicted."
A powerful work of speculative fiction set in a dystopian society on the brink of collapse. Anna 2026 follows the story of Riley, a man determined to rescue his wife, Anna, from a slow death in the Zone - a sealed off area of the city for those charged with taking a new, fatal drug. Anna 2026 is both a tribute to the bond between husband and wife, and a warning to all those who are blind to what they have, until it is taken from them.
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Exceptions make the rules--I've heard this somewhere. I guess this simply means if there weren't exceptions, we wouldn't have any rules, a statement which brings us to: rules are made to be broken. All this to say, I am making an exception to my Review policy, which some of you may have read in an earlier blog, when I defined my rules for reviewing a book. These rules remain in place, of course. Still, I feel I had to write about this book I read, even though I was unable to finish.
The question has gnawed at me for months, and I didn't quite know how to approach the situation. I read this book which was so incredibly well written, with regards to visualization, meaning bright, bold pictures in every situation, on every page, it should be studied--in class. Truthfully, I am glancing at it from time to time to try to learn Morgan's skill. I have assimilated a great deal from the well-constructed prose. Doesn't read like prose; reads more like a film and not one of those...
Although this is set in the future I wouldn't call it sci-fi because the author has created a future that is very tied to what is happening in our world now - it is easily recognisable with believable differences. It's not political (though it does make you question our current politics), it is more a love story (with lots of suspense and action). I liked it because there was no saccharine, cliched sentimentality - the world is brutal but Riley's search for his wife is heart-wrenching. I liked the apocalyptic elements and the prison scene is one of the best scenes I have read in a long time.
In my mind the book was too short! The story really stayed with me... it finds a nice place of being character driven (with inner development) and action oriented. Such an excellent read, and I too think this would make a fantastic movie.
Sincerely enjoyed the writing style, plot presentation and character development in Lukas Morgans debut novel. Though short(About 5 hours for me to read, some may read slower), I found that between opportunities to read I thought about it often... wondered what was going to happen next, more so than the average work of fiction.
There are subtle ideals/concepts within the content that promote more conscious thought about life. Making for quiet a "meaningful" read at times. Yet all the while being a fun story with adventure and plenty of action throughout the book, especially in the later chapters.
I did find it took me a few chapters to get into it as I felt it "jumped" around a little in the beginning (though it may have just been the time it took to appreciate a different writing style). With the Author finding more flow as the book progressed in my opinion.
Overall. A great fun read that warrants a little thought after finishing. Perfect holiday...
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