Monday, 14 December 2015

The Recherché by D.M. Woon

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author D.M. Woon.
The Recherché
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In 2016, a monumental catastrophe renders all currencies worthless, and war has broken out between indebted countries; Robert Bruce, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, states that blood will suffice as payment as his country joins the fight.
Five years pass, and Elliot Ridge has been a member of the army for too long, missing out on his daughter's childhood. The only thing that gets him through combat each day is a photograph of Emily, but when he loses the image that he carries close to his heart, he is caught in a bomb blast during the search. Uncertain if alive or dead, he finds himself wandering through The Recherché - a city intended for the social elite. But with The Commoners unwilling to relinquish their home, and The Vultures circling, baying for blood, will Elliot survive long enough to find his daughter once more?
From the author of Tales of The Bastard Drunk comes The Recherché; a story set in the mind of one man, during the seconds before his brain ceases activity.

The Recherché by D.M. Woon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The RecherchéHaving finished this book, my overwhelming feeling about it is… confusion. I am so confused about this book and what exactly was going on. Really confused.

There’s a man called Elliot, and he’s in a war, and he’s lost the photograph of his daughter Emily, so he goes back to find it, and gets blown up. I think. Or at least the building he’s in is hit by some sort of missile? And he wakes up to find the building burning and in pieces. What happens next gets really confusing.

Elliot then finds himself in a world populated with people he knows – a beggar, an ex-girlfriend, and his daughter. In this world blood is used as currency, with the X type being worth the most. Elliot for some reason believes that his daughter has been taken by the prime minister, and is being experimented on, and he wants her back.

To be honest I found this whole story quite confusing. I didn’t really understand what was happening or why, and even when I got to the end I was none the wiser. I’m guessing that some of this is just because this maybe isn’t my sort of book, but otherwise I’m still really confused as to what this book was even supposed to be about. I’m also all sorts of confused over how you could possibly use blood for currency, and why it was even worth so much? How would you stop it from coagulating? Why wasn’t it kept refrigerated? What would the government even use it for? So confused.

5 out of 10

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