Today it’s my turn on the blog tour for The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite! I bought myself a copy of the book for the blog tour (and the next two are already on preorder!)
The Book of Koli begins a breathtakingly original new trilogy set in a strange and deadly world of our own making.
Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognisable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, the Shunned men will.
Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture too far beyond the walls.
M.R. Carey is a gifted storyteller who has managed to make me love a genre that I never used to read. He has opened my eyes to post apocalyptic fiction in a way that I would never have expected but after my daughter made me read The Girl With All The Gifts, I became a complete convert and am now a HUGE M.R Carey fan. His book Someone Like Me was my book of the year 2 years ago and I used it as an example of how to recommend a book you love when I went for a job interview at my local library (I didn’t get the job but the interviewer said my enthusiasm for this book made him want to read it!) So The Book of Koli was top of my highly anticipated book of 2020 list and I had it on preorder as soon as I was physically able to do so. And thankfully I wasn’t disappointed! The Book of Koli was a joy to read and I didn’t want it to end…which in a way, it didn’t! This is Book one of the Rampart trilogy so there are two more parts to come within the next year AND I CAN’T BLOODY WAIT!!!
The Book of Koli is set in the distant future, a world where nature has turned against humanity and the technology of the old world is prized beyond measure. Koli lives with his mother and siblings in Mythen Rood, safe within the village walls…or so he thinks because sometimes it’s not the unexpected that you need to fear. Thrust out of his safe environment when he becomes aware that something isn’t as it should be, Koli needs to think ahead to prepare himself for a world he doesn’t know or understand except for those tales told by travelers who pass through Mythen Rood. But this journey of discovery is only just beginning and I can’t wait to discover where it’s heading!
The setting of Mythen Rood is perfectly prepped, ready for its cast of residents to play their parts in this post apocalyptic thriller. Koli is a brilliant character creation and I loved watching him develop through his friendships and relationships. His interactions with Monono especially were a joy to read and I loved her animated personality and devotion to Koli. She certainly became a favourite character for me especially after her little disappearance brought her back with a few little changes!!
I was worried that this would veer off into a cliched YA dystopian novel but I couldn’t have been more wrong. There is a depth to Koli that goes beyond the coming of age, lost love scenarios that could have taken over the storyline. Koli himself makes a wonderful narrator, slowly shaping his own life experiences into a compelling character portrait and painting a picture of a vivid future. The language he uses is that of a young adult who has learnt everything he knows from information passed down through the generations and I found this added a realism to the narrative that felt like a natural progression of the human languages. It doesn’t take long to spot familiar names and places that have evolved throughout the years! This is a cleverly crafted storytelling style and it’s well worth the effort it must have taken.
I raced through this gripping storyline, walking alongside Koli as his life goes beyond the walls he thought were keeping him safe and into a new world-one full of mystery, fear and adventure with characters who will change him forever. There’s obviously a bit of a cliffhanger as we leave Koli setting off on the next part of his quest and so book two can’t come quickly enough for me! I adored this introduction to a strange and exciting vision of our world and those who inhabit it and can’t wait to return there!
A brilliantly written book that comes highly recommended by me!
M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a word-of-mouth bestseller and is now a major motion picture based on his own screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned series The Unwritten appeared regularly in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, games, radio plays, and TV and movie screenplays to his credit.