In a future London, where the divide between rich and poor is wide, teenager Seven makes a living by stealing the hottest commodity around – valuable human memories – from banks, vaults and rich people’s houses in the city.
When he is caught in the act by Alba, daughter of London’s most infamous criminal prosecutor, he never expected her to keep his secret, let along touch his heart.
But Alba and Seven are bonded by their sense of isolation, and though their lives are starkly different, their sense of justice and survival strengthen their powerful connection.
Then Seven stumbles across a secret about his own memories, and a horrifying government experience, and his relationship with Alba is put to the ultimate test…
Why I picked it up:
This book was sent to me from Five Mile Press in exchange for an honest review.
My immediate thought within the first few pages is that this book is extremely descriptive, almost unnecessarily so. Every single movement is spelt out and as a result the novel got off to a pretty slow start. But despite the slow start, the world is beautifully built, so maybe the excessive description was a good thing. The picture of a future London that the author paints is extremely vivid.
An example of the writing:
The landing was thick with that special past-midnight silence Alba loved. This time of night always felt magical to her, as though another world had settled on top of her usual one, making everything silver-edged and new. Starlight spun through the hushed air. She went down the hall towards the main staircase and headed upstairs.
As a whole, I found this novel really engaging. I liked the dark and gritty world. It reminded me of the TV show Dark Angel in terms of the setting, which was right up my alley. There was some gorgeous writing too. I really enjoyed how the author dragged me into her world.
They were in a large, underground room filled with computers and sleek machinery. Blue lines of text scrolled dizzyingly fast across the black screens of the computers, making the room flicker as though they were underwater. Wires crawled over the floors and walls in organised tracks.
Overall, I enjoyed this one. I liked the world, the characters, the mystery, and the pacing was good – it kept my attention the whole way through.
My Verdict – 3 Stars