Author: Tim Lebbon Genre: Eco Thriller Publisher: Titan
ARC provided by Titan Books
- The premise. If you know me, you know I don’t usually read thriller/horror. It freaks me out too much. However, the fact that this is an ecological thriller really intrigued me and that ending up paying off, as it was my favorite aspect of this book. It’s very heavily influenced by and talking about climate change. Here, nature fights back and honestly? I was cheering for it.
- The thriller-elements. While I usually hate it, this was really well written and definitely freaked me out multiple times. Yet, I also flew through this because I wanted to see how nature became what it was and if our characters would survive or not.
- Format. I really enjoyed the trio of POVs we were offered–between Jenn, Dylan and Kat. They all made sense and helped amp up the tension. I also really enjoyed the inclusion of the snippets of information before each chapter. It added a depth that I appreciated.
- The balance between character sub-threads and main thriller narrative. I really enjoyed that there was more to the book that just one narrative plot of survival. However, I did find that the balance between each character’s subplot was off with the narratives of figuring out what is happening in Eden and survive. Especially towards the end, the character sub-threads felt distracting and slowed the pace down.
- Ending. Though I didn’t mind how the book ended, I was disappointed with how quick the ending was. It felt super rushed and then gave no inclination of what happens after, which kinda made the inclusion of those sub-threads feel…pointless?
I really enjoyed this, even despite the things I wasn’t a huge fan of. It was also a hard read because of the reality of climate change, which you couldn’t ignore with that being the central plot here. I thought it was a very solid thriller. Thanks Titan Books for the ARC!