* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *
Title: The Wave
Author: Lochlan Bloom
Source: Neverland Blog Tours
Publisher: DeadInk Publishers
Rating: /5 stars
Summary of the book:
When μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived from Brazil it propels him on a quest to track down a character he believes to be called Ddunsel.
As μ’s search progresses it slowly becomes entangled with two parallel tales – the stories of DOWN, a troubled publisher, and David Bohm, a real-life quantum theoretician in post-war São Paulo.
Just how far is it from London to Gotham City? Or from Paul Auster to Pierre Menard for that matter? Some people may think these sorts of questions are idle and ultimately meaningless but this book is not for them.
The Wave combines multiple narratives to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay as each of the characters struggles to understand what is reality and what is fiction.
When I first got offered this book for review and to be part of the blog tour, this seemed really unique to read.
When I started reading this, I admit that this was the case and it was really weird to read. As someone who normally does read YA fiction, reading this was so left field and different to what I normally read which did catch me off guard as I was confused about the plot and found the main character's action a bit unusual to me. However, I still wanted to prevail and continued with the book.
The book is quite mindbending in which you follow many different characters including μ which is told in normally narrative and DOWN who's narrative is told in screenplay form. This makes the story confusing at times as you have to parallel narratives that you keep switching between. I often found that although I do like the use of a screenplay that when told in DOWN's POV I did just want this to switch back, feeling more interested in one viewpoint than the other.
Due to the fact that this story is adult fiction, there are also some times which I found uncomfortable due to the nature of the content as reading about sex scenes and some language used meant that I was taken back by these which put me off the story.
As the story progessed, I became less interested in the story, I was trying to piece together bits of the story and I was becoming really quite disengaged with the story but just continued with it to see if it was going to get better and the fact that I was part of the blog tour made the interest greater.
I should have been really interested in this story but something was off, I don't know if it was the third POV that made me quite disconnected but I just did not feel like I really cared about how the story progressed or how he progress in the story.
To be honest, I did become quite disinterested in the overall story to the point that I spent most of the time skim reading the book and did decide to DNF the book.
Maybe it was because I started the book at the wrong time or maybe it just was not my thing but I may give it another go at a different time but this was not the book for me at the time.
I would say that you should still give this book a go even if I did not really like it.
So that is my review of The Wave by Lochlan Bloom.
See you soon,