I received a free copy of Very Recent History from TLC Book Tours for my honest review.
About the Book:
• Publisher: Harper (August 6, 2013)
About the Author:
I don’t know where to begin with this book. It is most certainly unique. It’s written in an almost clinical style by some sort of teacher/all knowing type being from some time far in the future. It’s perhaps a diary of one year in the life of both a City – unnamed but not unknown – and a young gay man named John and his circle of friends . The writing style is explanatory to the point of snark which is its saving grace for without that snark it would be so condescending as to belittle the reader.
The book is a look at the financial collapse and its effects on the City, the election of the Mayor to this third term despite term limits and John’s search for sex on various dating sites. There is no indication in the synopsis that the protagonist is gay so I felt a touch blindsided. I am all in favor of gay people finding love however they might want but that does not mean I want to read a book about the search. It just wasn’t interesting to me and obviously my interest needs to be held to enjoy a book.
I did find the presentation of the story to be quite new and intriguing. Perhaps I am just too old to fully appreciate all that this book is.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Very Recent History from TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.