Title: The Unit
Author: Ninni Holmqvist (Translater: Marlaine Delargy)
Genre: Fiction - Dystopian
New to me author? Yes
Read this author again? Yes
Where did it take place? Sweden
FTC Disclosure: Borrowed from the library
I don't want to post the summary here because it'll spoil the novel... This really is a book you better not know anything about it and just read it!
It was more comfortable than I could have imagined.
Why did I pick this book?
Read several reviews on different blogs and thought the premise sounded interesting.
- I liked this novel a lot - I am not into sci-fi book and I wouldn't really call this sci-fi because it is quite realistic, which makes it rather terrifying. I wish I didn't know much about the plot so I'd be a bit more surprised by what this book had to deliver
- The only nitpick - I am not 100% about the ending. I thought it was an okay ending, and understood why the author chose it is, but I thought it is not as powerful as it could have been - now, I don't know how it could possibly end to have more impact (I have an idea in my head but of course didn't know all the details) just that it seems a little anti-climatic. But, it was still an okay ending. At least I didn't feel like tossing the book across the room :)
- I thought the translation was done quite well - I'd read some other translated books before where the language seemed too literal. When I read this book, it didn't make me feel like I was reading a translated book at all
- This was a thought provoking story - how would you feel if we do live in a society like so? I think what makes it horrifying is that at first glimpse, you almost felt like, hey this may not be a bad idea at all... that you saw value in an arrangement like so... but of course, when you think deeper, there were a lot of ethical issues involved...
"I know it sounds crazy, but that's just how the human psyche works: we generally see what we are prepared for, what we expect to see." (p203)
"You have given my life a meaning, do you know that? The meaning of my life is you." (p216)
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