I mentioned in my last post how terribly behind I am with my Goodreads Reading Challenge, and that I am a cringe worthy 14(!!!!) books behind schedule. I also mentioned that I managed to read a few really good books in my time away from blogging, one of which I will be sharing with you today.
A few months ago I received an email from J.R. Knight – a dedicated and passionate author all the way from Melbourne, Australia – asking if I’d like to review his debut novella called The Cure. After reading the synopsis and learning more about Knight’s journey to becoming a published author, I was all too excited to take part; and so he very kindly mailed me a pre-released copy in exchange for an honest review. So, without further delays, I introduce to you: The Cure by J.R. Knight!
What the blurb says:
Welcome to Metravā.
The year is 3433.
Here are some things you need to know:
Run by the governmental body, Peār, Metravā is inhabited by U-mans, a genetically modified race of humans who do not sleep, who work fifteen hours a daāy, and who are fused with their U-chip at birth.
Everyone is the same, everyone blends in, and no one stands out.
That is until Knijä Taū is born.
The Cure is a scifi, dystopian novella set in the future on a planet called Metravā. Knight introduces the reader to a whole new world of genetically modified people being controlled in every aspect of their existence, showing us just how dreary things would be if everyone was exactly the same.
The setting of this story was incredible. I could immediately see that the book was carefully thought out and meticulously planned – something I always appreciate. Every detail of the new world was put in the spotlight and more so it was written in such a way that it felt realistic which made it easy to read. As you can tell by the blurb, the genetically modified human race is almost robot-like, with the planet seeming cold and unwelcoming; giving the reader that extra bit of insight into what it must be like for the characters in the story. This combined with the short, fast paced chapters make for a unique reading experience that is entertaining as well as thought provoking.
The thing about novellas, though, is that it is too short to really form a connection with the main characters, especially if there are quite a few that the reader is being introduced to. And with The Cure being just shy of 130 pages, this was exactly what happened. Because the book is so short and fast paced, we become more familiarized with the fantasy world instead of getting to know each and every character – the solution of course is to give us more story Knight!! I’d really love to delve more into this unrelenting world of order and conformity.
Other than the story being a bit too short for this kind of plot, I loved everything about it, giving the book a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads. The subject matter really stuck with me, and made me want to embrace my differences instead of conforming to the “norm”. But I think what was even more important was that it opened my eyes and heart to accepting and celebrating the uniqueness of people around me. This alone makes it a beautiful book; one that I highly recommend you pick up soon.
I would like to wish J.R. Knight all the very best for his future as a brilliant, author – it was truly wonderful to be a part of your journey in some way.
If you would like to learn more about The Cure visit The Knight Life