The MobileLibrary Reading Group always like to support local authors.
G X Todd - Gemma - works for Walsall Library Service and drives a Mobile Library !! Gemma did a history degree at Birmingham University and has worked in libraries for 10 years. She is currently holds a HGV licence and drives a 35 foot long library van around the borough.
On Thursday 12th January 2017 she will talking about her book at Waterstone’s Birmingham from 19.30
The Mobile Library have a copy of her first novel Defender this is the 1st in a 4 parter. Margaret H a member of the group has written a review (see below). We will be disussing the book and others at our next meeting at the end of the January. We meet in the Library of Birmingham, Floor 4. The link below will give you lots of information and lots of reviews to read.
Lee Child said the book is 'Compelling, suspenseful, and altogether extraordinary'
So - In Gemma's words
'buckle your seatbelts, folks, it’s a pretty big adventure I’m about to embark on. I’ll pay for gas if you get the nibbles for the road (peanut M&Ms are the best – the crispy shell stops ’em melting inside a hot car). And always remember: use your indicators/turn signals before pulling into and out of traffic. It’s the sensible thing to do'
This is the first part of a 4 part series, following a group of characters through a post – apocalyptic world.
The disaster has been brought through 'Voices’ in people’s heads that have controlled their thoughts and actions until the inhabited humans have destroyed themselves by one means or another.
Because it is a first part, there are many things unexplained which keeps the reader slightly baffled. For instance, you never find out why the central character of Lacey is so important, one assumes you have to keep reading!
It is a very accomplished book, in my opinion. The characters are very well drawn and intriguing although some are extremely unpleasant. In fact, there is a lot of outright cruelty visited upon innocent victims. With no shades of grey here. I was desperate for all the cruelty to make some sense, but post-apocalyptic worlds are apparently without hope. It seems the bully boys always dominate.
The author writes beautifully about many things, love, hope, landscape, memories and loyalty, and also covers the darker things with equal skills. I found it very compelling. It seems that even though the Voices are the deep rooted problem here. In the end it is not so much about defeating them, as defeating the fellow human beings that have descended into inhuman scavengers.