Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson

iconiconI finished this book a couple of weeks ago (or more?) and read a couple others after it, so I'll be blogging about several books this week.

The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson is a young adult dystopia novel set in Scotland in the 1930s... but in a very different world than our own. The book explores how it could have changed our timeline if one event in our history had ended differently: if Napoleon, instead of the Duke of Wellington, had won the battle of Waterloo.

The novel is very cleverly done, because the author drops little hints in the story but doesn't actually say what is going on until partway through. Until then, you can tell that it is our world, but a different version of our world: a version where terrorism is rampant, the whole political makeup of Europe is different, and Scotland does terrible things to young women in the name of patriotism.

The Explosionist is a wonderful dystopia novel that has many implications for our society today. I loved reading this and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys young adult fiction or any good thought-provoking story.

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