Release date: 16th February 2021
Publisher: Text Publishing
Blurb: When a deadly Fly Flu sweeps the globe, it leaves a shell of the world that once was. Among the survivors are eighteen-year-old Nico and her dog, on a voyage devised by Nico’s father to find a mythical portal; a young artist named Kit, raised in an old abandoned cinema; and the enigmatic Deliverer, who lives Life after Life in an attempt to put the world back together. As swarms of infected Flies roam the earth, these few survivors navigate the woods of post-apocalyptic New England, meeting others along the way, each on their own quest to find life and light in a world gone dark. The Electric Kingdom is a sweeping exploration of love, art, storytelling, eternal life, and above all, a testament to the notion that even in an exterminated world, one person might find beauty in another.
This was a weird one and I honestly am still confused as to whether I liked it or not.
So, this book is very convoluted. It gave me a Book of M feel but instead of thinking you know where its headed, you just stare at it oblivious to whether its going to lead to nothing or the biggest revelation you have ever experienced.
By about half way through, I started to get an inkling about what was happening; when I think back on the story as a whole, it was so fricking obvious what was taking place.
Characters were for the most part interesting. I loved the issue with the flies – still have no idea how they evolved to what they were but I dont want to hurt my brain even more to sort it out.
I want to point out here that it is a fully realised story all to itself. But that ending is also well and truly able to be written into a second novel.
Overall if you love reading books with twists and turns and having zero idea of what’s going on until the very end, this book is for you. While it takes a while, have faith that by the end it will all come together.