Title: Only Blue Will Do
Author: Mark Rippon
Genres: Science Fiction
Length: 272 pages | 4221 Locations
In the frozen landscapes of Norway, two bodies were found.
What follows defies logical explanation.
Only Blue Will Do confused the heck out of me.
It started out very scientifically, describing the changes to a frozen area’s fauna and flora as a result of the progressive increase in temperature.
Then it got just plain weird, particularly with the introduction of the second main character. It was clear the author tried to infuse them with a sense of normalcy but the dialogues were stilted and the prose riddled with unnecessary figures of speech that made it drag on.
Kate and her mixed signs were utterly annoying and Hugh was beyond naive. They did not feel real at all. But then again nothing in that story seemed so.
There is no transition between the moment the characters are presented with a mind-blogging revelation and what becomes their new reality. The change was so abrupt I actually thought I had skipped an entire chapter.
The narrative evolves under the presumption that there is no time and space and what follows is esoteric and psychedelic. The descriptions are indeed beautiful and unique but the entire thing feels utterly pointless. The book ended, to me at least, with a sense of dismay and precious time lost.
The story was a bumpy ride to say the least, and I have to admit reading the book became a chore, so even though there may be folks out there who will like it I cannot say I recommend it.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Read from Dec 5th to Dec 11th, 2016