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Everything You Ever Wanted (Hardback)

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A beautiful new planet A meaningful new life Are you ready? ____________________________________________ 'Her writing is beautiful' Rachel Seiffert, author of Dark Room and A Boy in Winter 'Uplifting, unputdownable and mordantly funny' Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti ____________________________________________ You wake up. You go to work. You don't go outside for twelve hours at a time. You have strategy meetings about how to use hashtags. After work you order expensive drink after expensive drink until you're so blackout drunk you can't remember the circumstances which have led you to waking up in bed with your colleague. The next day you stay in bed until the afternoon, scrolling through your social media feeds and wondering why everyone else seems to be achieving so much. Sometimes you don't get out of bed at all. Then you hear about Life on Nyx, a programme that allows 100 lucky winners the chance to escape it all, move to another planet and establish a new way of life. One with meaning and purpose. One without Instagram and online dating. There's one caveat: if you go, you can never come back. But you aren't worried about that. After all, what on Earth could there possibly be to miss? ____________________________________________ 'I loved it' Megan Hunter 'Daring and original' Laura Kaye 'One of the most original and urgent novels I've read this year' Clare Fisher 'I'd follow Sauma's voice down any wormhole' Rowan Hisayo Buchanan 'Sublime' Otegha Uwagba 'Beautifully written' Bookseller 'Luiza Sauma takes us on a breathtaking voyage through both the farthest reaches of space and the innermost depths of the human soul' Peng Shepherd

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryScience Fiction Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 27/06/2019 ISBN-13: 9780241363546  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Luiza Sauma was born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in London. Her first novel, Flesh and Bone and Water, received widespread critical acclaim and she was listed by the Telegraph as one of their 'ones to watch' for 2017. Luiza worked at the Independent on Sunday for several years before becoming a novelist. She has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she won the Pat Kavanagh Award.

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‘A beautiful new planet. A meaningful new life. Are you ready? ENTER’ Life on Nyx, a reality TV show set on a distant planet, is accepting new members. There will be a complicated admission process and interviews for the most suitable candidates. Iris, feeling depressed, feels it’s exactly what she needs: to live on a pink planet with strangers from all walks of life. More than that, she is seeking an escape. Life on Nyx will mean no communication to home. Your family will see you on TV, should they wish, but you will never see them again.’ ‘Above all, we’re looking for dreamers: people with vision, people who don’t want an ordinary life.’ Would you sign up? Be tempted to contribute to the making of history? Join a community with people all seeking the same thing: a fresh start? I found this book gripping immediately. The central premise of a new planet was exciting enough but slowly beginning to learn the character of Iris’ motivations to sign up was incredibly intriguing. For such a short book, it was startling and yet, brilliant, to see how the character of Iris morphed and changed. This was especially remarkable because Luiza Sauma flits between the ‘before’ and the ‘present’. The ending wasn’t conclusive, but left open to interpretation in perhaps the most powerful moment. Normally I would get behind this, but with Everything You Ever Wanted, it felt incomplete. The characters had raised interesting questions- was this all just an experiment? Were they still on Earth? Was there a way home? So, ending when and as it did, didn't do justice to the mystery and the build-up of suspense. Ultimately, the book felt like a passive experience and once I realised there was no time for the answers I wanted, I felt incredibly disengaged. I received this book through Netgalley for review consideration. All opinions are honest and completely my own.

- 14/08/2019
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