Title: The Fading
Author: Linda Taimre
Published: November 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Kaustik Press
*Disclaimer* I was provided with a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the author and/or its affiliates in any way.
A short and intriguing book to read on a busy schedule. Follows a couple during a virus breakout and the aftermath. Very interesting and enjoyed it greatly.
Before I go into the actual review, I would like to note that parts of sentences that are teal mean it is something that I enjoyed and words that are salmon are things that might need some working on.
The Fading, a novella written by Linda Taimre follows Katherine and Harriet who strives to survive a virus outbreak that worsens as time passes. As the title suggests, the Fading is a dangerous virus which threatens humanity; and Katherine struggles to live the last few moments with her wife, Harriet before taken by the virus. Harriet is struggling to find a cure which seems unreachable to help to save her wife. Powerful people are going against Harriet and it is up to her brains and wits to find a cure for the feeding virus.
The plot is captivating and interesting from the first page. Many dystopian books have similar traits and ideas, however, this book holds its own charm despite the vast collection of other books. The description and details help to draw the reader’s attention and shape vivid images of the scene. Compared to other books, this book gives the virus’s point of view which was something different and interesting. The virus has their own conscious and could communicate with humans. This is uncommon because most dystopian world shows the human trying to escape, but they show no interaction between the virus and its host. It was the interaction that makes it more intriguing to read.
Acceptance and awareness of the Pride community are still not that popular or common, however, it has gotten better compared to the past when it was shunned. The community’s growing acceptance is proved in the increase in books about or touches upon the community. The Fading is one. Even though romance is not a big part of the book, it still shows a lesbian couple whose group of friends accepts them despite whom they love. This is a great way to help bring more acceptance; the book has enough affection where it shows the love between the couple but not too much where the readers are uncomfortable.
However when reading, sometimes the speaker’s meaning misunderstood because of the lack of description for the way they are feeling or their tone when speaking. During one instance, the character’s meaning was vague and unclear due to a spelling error or lack of explanation to show it was sarcasm. This was a problem that might cause major confusion to readers who are not fluent with English or where English is their second language.
The characters all have amazing personalities; however, because the book was short, it did not give the author a lot of time to allow the readers and characters to connect. Sometimes when a reader has spent a lot of time or the characters are relatable, then they develop an emotional bond to them. This was not the case in this book. The limited amount of time a reader spends with the character is one downfall to novellas or short stories. As a reader who likes to connect with the character, this was one thing that felt was a bit lacking on.
Recommended for those who enjoy dystopian worlds, science fiction and a short story. Those who like the futuristic dystopian world will find that this book is a great book to try because it has an interesting plot with loveable characters who are trying to survive a virus outbreak. For those who are always on public transit may also find this book a great read because it is only 130 pages. Therefore, it can be finished relatively quickly.
As you can see, if you have read my other reviews, you would have noticed that the format is slightly different. At the moment, I am testing what format I want to stick with for my blog so if there are changes, please do not mind it too much. I will try to keep it relatively similar. If you really are interested in seeing the rating to the books I have read, then go to my Goodreads account.
And like always, I would like to thank the author for sending me an ARC. It was a pleasure to read this book. Will definitely read it again one day when I forget most of what happens.
Thanks for reading, I always appreciate you reading the things I write (in this case, type) about. Love you all ღ.