What if your life were defined by a number?What if any crime could be committed without punishment, so long as you could afford to pay the fee assigned to that crime?Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office. He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.But when Theo's ex-lover Dani is killed, it's different. This is one death he can't let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don't add up....
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I got this book as an ARC at a library conference. The premise was fantastic and I was really excited to dive in, but the book itself just got tiresome. It started reading like a really long, exhausting, overly emotional poem with a bit of narrative prose thrown in. There just wasn’t enough plot to justify how long this book dragged on. In the end, it was a disappointment.
About the book: It’s a standalone sci-fi novel where rich people can commit crimes and pay them off instead of get punished. I received an advanced reader copy from Hachette.
First impressions: I had no idea what to expect, but I was taken aback by the writing style. Nevertheless, the story slowly but surely started to grow on me.
Characters: By the end of the novel, I liked the characters more than I did at the beginning. Theo, the protagonist, wasn’t the easiest guy to root for at first, but in ...more
Ugh, so boring. Made it about 30% before giving up.
I used to love North's books, but the last two have been so boring. She seems to be heading away from her Science Fiction roots and trying to be more literary. This book spends too much time on style and theme, and not enough on plot.
The End of the Day was hands down my favourite novel of 2017, you can check me raving positively about it here. When I received a copy of 84K in the mail I was beyond excited. Turns out I had every cause to be.
Claire North’s latest manages the trickiest of tasks. Not only does have something important to say, it is also a genuinely affecting tale. The author is extremely skilled when it comes to crafting her characters. Like most people, Theo Miller is a hodge-podge of contradictions. He has sp ...more
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I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
What is the value of a human life? Well, honestly, it varies, are you young? Are you old? Are you a benefit to society? Are you a burden to society? Are you valued? Will you be missed? Do you have the potential for future greatness? Will you always wallow in mediocrity? Are you a somebody? ...more
Easy 5* for me. EASY. Claire North writes so beautifully and in such a unique way sometimes I think it doesn't matter what story she is telling, it is all in the way she tells it. As it happens 84K has a brilliantly engaging theme and the whole thing is just wonderful. And a bit scary.
Full review nearer to publication.
The only reason for deducting one star is because the timelines are all over the place. I thought I had a handle on it within the first 2 chapters but as the book galloped to the end my head got a bit screwy. But that’s just another part of the discombobulated narrative of this book as a view of our present world. Well done!
Very, very, dark. This isn't unexpected from Claire North, as her view of the future in previous books has always been slanted in that direction. But 84K is definitely her darkest vision of our near future world yet, written in a form that edges on experimental fiction.
North's work has always been infused with politics, and 84K is no different. What makes this book so chilling to read is that, particularly with the state of the world now, with the apparent strengthening of the right wing agenda, ...more