Reading roundup 10/01/18

I have not done very well with my reading this week as I have found it very hard to concentrate, owing to our continuing difficult family circumstances. One and a half books are all I have managed! This is very unusual for me indeed.

Tracer by Rob Boffard

Tracer by Rob Boffard

The only book I have finished was this science fiction novel: Tracer by Rob Boffard. Here is the blurb…

A huge space station orbits the Earth, holding the last of humanity. It’s broken, rusted, falling apart. We’ve wrecked our planet, and now we have to live with the consequences: a new home that’s dirty, overcrowded and inescapable.

What’s more, there’s a madman hiding on the station. He’s about to unleash chaos. And when he does, there’ll be nowhere left to run.

In space, every second counts. Who said nobody could hear you scream?

The book is #01 of a series called Outer Earth. I gave it three stars and wrote the following review on Goodreads:

Probably deserves 3.75 if I could give that number of stars. An enjoyable read, it felt like YA rather than adult level. I liked the idea of the last humans living on a space station above the ruined Earth and I think the author developed that well. The deterioration of life down to the level of gangs and a subsistence existence also worked and rang true. I also liked the main characters and their development. I would read another in this series if I came across it at the Library, but probably wouldn’t go out of my way to find it!

Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine

Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine

After finishing Tracer, I had two more books left in my reading pile and so I chose to tackle  Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine. And I mean tackle. Anyone who has already read this famous classic will be aware that it is a very long book, almost 800 pages in this edition. Well, I am now on page 477 and it becoming a bit of a slog. I am, however, determined to finish the book and I will let you know my response to it next time.

I already have some shorter and lighter reads lined up!

Best wishes to all my reading friends,


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