Release Date: April 5th 2016
Source: From the Publisher!
Purchase: Mighty Ape / Book Depository / Amazon
Read it in: 4 1/2 hours
Word Rating: ODD
The unmissable and highly anticipated new literary thriller from the author of the international phenomenon The Girl With All the Gifts.
Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors.
It's not the kind of place you'd want to end up. But it's where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life.
It's a place where even the walls whisper. And one voice belongs to a little boy with a message for Jess.
Will she listen?
3 THINGS ABOUT FELLSIDE BY M. R. CAREY:
1.) IT'S REALLY, REALLY DIFFERENT FROM THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS. Do not go into FELLSIDE thinking that it'll be similar to THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, which is M. R. Carey's first novel. I can say hand on heart that they are as different as chalk and cheese. Different genres, polar opposite storylines and not even similar writing. The only thing that I can say that is slightly alike about the two books as they both kind of focus on the dark side of human nature. Just TGWATG does it in zombie format and FELLSIDE does it in a prison format. But still: SIMILARITIES!
2.) IT WAS UNUSUAL. TGWATG was unusual as well, but because it was a dystopian it didn't feel unusual, unusual? But FELLSIDE was just strange, not necessarily in a bad way but that's just the best word I can think to apply to it. It can literally be summed up in the simple sentence of, "FELLSIDE was a really odd story and there are other things about it but it's mostly just really, really ODD. The end."
I think its the way FELLSIDE never stayed in one particular genre; although at its heart I suppose you could say it was a ghost story, at the same time, it leaped from magical realism to contemporary and then back to paranormal before leapfrogging all over the place again as the story progressed. IT'S JUST UNSUAL OKAY?
3.) IT SUCKED ME IN AND KEPT ME INTERESTED. What really fascinated me about reading FELLSIDE was the amount of storylines it covers is amazing.Although set in a women's prison, it's technically a ghost story. Jess the main character, was a really interesting character to read about. All the prison inmates in the prison that Jess is in was REALLY interesting to read about. I know FELLSIDE has been boasted about that it's, "ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK with a ghost!" and that sums it up pretty perfectly.
Although it did have its problems at times, FELLSIDE is a gripping psychological read that will make you wonder if ghosts might actually be real and at the same time make you feel really, really glad you're not in prison. Read it if you want something to twist your brain but be warned that it's not the ghost part of the novel that will scare you, but instead the humans residing in it.
::Thank you HACHETTE for the review copy!::
So...have you read FELLSIDE?? (Now that I come to think of it, FELLSIDE is actually a perfect Halloween read! Just a day late. Whoops.) Have you read THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS?? Out of the two, which were your favourites?? Also, I know, I've been quiet on this blog for literal MONTHS, now. And I'm sorry! But I'm back and will be making lots of bookish noise here more frequently from now on.Tell me your news bookish or otherwise from the last few months!