Monday, 24 January 2011

January's Book of the Month

As promised, my new blog feature: my book of the month! Some of you may remember my writing last month about my Book of the Year, and let me tell you, picking just one out of the dozens I read last year was hard.

This month's book, though, wasn't so hard to pick. Mostly because I haven't actually read much this month. Gasp. I know. Horrifying. It's been so crazy!

So here it is. January's Book of the Month is The Unidentified by Rae Mariz.

This futuristic novel had that thing all good futuristic books should have: it was weird, because it was set in a future we don't know, but it was also eerily familiar. The story's about a school, but it's not a school you or I would know. The day is spent playing games and working on crafts, the school is a testing area for big brands. It's all about being branded, having an identity - and, of course, the act of choosing not to be part of the big game. It's sort of a young adult dystopian but not on the usual grand scale of epic battles and mass executions.

I loved how original this was. It was weird to start off with, but you get pulled into the rhythm so fast. The characters were great, there was a kind of love triangle played through, and while I personally thought the ending kind of petered out (but that might feel different if there's a sequel), the rest of the novel more than made up for that.

On a related note, I miss reading...

What great books have you read recently?


  1. Sounds like a great book! I am reading The Wednesday Sisters which is great so far. I have a terrible habit of reading three books at one time. Ah.

  2. This sounds great, I can't believe you've found time for reading with a wedding about to happen.
    I'm reading Jane Dunant's Birth Of Venus, set in Fifteenth century Florence against a background of Politics, religious fanaticism and art. I'm loving it, I don't want it to end. xxx

  3. I haven't heard of this one! Must check it out. Thanks, Sangu. :)

  4. I think we'll let you off with the lack of reading ;-) Lots else going on this month after all! How are the wedding plans going?

    Hmm, recent books I've loved...The Fry Chronicles is the main one. I've mostly been reading fluffy books due to illness and lack of brain power.

  5. Sounds good...weird, but good. I just finished Liar. It was really really good.