The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey

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  • That cover is utterly entrancing… I was hypnotized by it for a bit before getting to your review! I haven’t heard of this book before but I’m adding it to my TBR. The setting sounds really unique and Koli’s character development as he reaches adulthood seems intriguing, especially given the depth of this world. Awesome review!

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    • Right? I love it so much too. And the sequels have similar designs and I adore them for it too! 😀 I’m really happy that this review has got you to add it to your TBR though. I think if anything mentioned here has intrigued you just a little then there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy Koli’s adventure! 😀 Thank you so much for your kind words, Aila!! 😀

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  • I don’t see myself ever reading this. Maybe if the rest of the trilogy really blows people away and I see some stunning reviews, but as much as you liked this, nothing about it made me want to read it.

    I do wonder though if that is because somehow I’ve linked this in my mind as the spiritual successor to Day of the Triffids. I did not enjoy reading Triffids even while killer plants is an awesome idea.

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    • Hmm.. I can definitely see why you’d hesitate with this one. I personally think you could pass on it for the time being. If anything, I think the best it would do for you is 3 stars. There are a number of things in this story that would’ve totally annoyed you hahaha

      I have Day of the Triffids on my TBR and your comments do make me even more curious about it. Was there something about it that killed your interest/enjoyment with that one? 😮

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      • Thanks. A 3star read isnt good enough to add.

        I watched the movie “Day of the Triffids” before I ever read the book and was expecting more plants eating people kind of thing. It was more of a psychological look at the collapse of mankind and was just too depressing for me.

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        • Lol, I was expecting the same thing after reading the synopsis for The Book of Koli 😄 Glad to see someone else shares the same thoughts! I, too, am not in the mood for anything depressing.

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  • Glad to see you also enjoyed this one. It was my first book by the author. I will admit to becoming a bit bored by the character of Koli and village life. But once Monone and Ursula were introduced, and after Koli left the village, that’s when I really started enjoying the story. I’m very curious to see where it goes next.

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    • I think you’ll have a good time with his other books if you enjoyed this one. He’s a great writer if you ask me. He makes everything very… cinematic. I hope we both enjoy the sequels when they release now! 😀 Thanks for reading, Todd. I really appreciate the time you put into reading my stuff!

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  • I think this is the guy who wrote The Girl With All the Gifts? I enjoyed that one. The Book of Koli sounds interesting as well, although I am always reluctant to start a new series unless I am fairly sure it will keep up the quality (yes, very risk averse 😉 ) .

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    • It is indeed! This one has a fun premise for this brand-new trilogy even though many will feel like this whole post-apocalyptic thing is overabundant nowadays in fantasy lit (especially YA fantasy lit). But I understand your reluctance though. I think it’s always safe to wait and see how the whole trilogies do before diving into it! 😀 Thank you so much for reading!

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  • A very thoughtful review, indeed. The part that stuck with me most is the one where you point out that by trying to fulfill his youthful dream of gaining respect and an exalted position, Koli embarked instead in the journey of his life. One I can’t wait to see how it progresses…
    Thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Maddalena. Worth mentioning that your review really did hype me up a lot, especially by how eloquently you made this one sound (and justly too). 😛 Can’t wait to see what the sequel will have to offer us next! Thanks for taking the time to read this review, Maddalena! 😀

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    • That’s interesting hahah I would’ve said the opposite. That the market is almost oversaturated of them hahaha And it doesn’t help that we’re in a form of post-apocalyptic world with the health crisis due to covid… Thanks for reading, Lydia! 🙂

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  • It seems (from your comment section) that you’re not the only one who enjoyed reading this.
    I noticed the cover first (duh) and took a moment to stare at it. I’m unable to express why exactly I like it, but I think it’s enchanting.
    The story seems interesting, but overdone, to me.

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    • Yep. M.R. Carey has a lot of fans, especially after The Girl With all the Gifts.
      I understand what you mean. I love the lively plant touch to it. It’s enchanting but also stealthily deadly for some reason.
      Thanks for reading, Goldie!

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  • Oooh, your review has definitely intrigued me. Though, I’m a bit gunshy of Carey’s works. I read about 1/5 of The Girl with All The Gifts and I had to put it down due to graphic violence. But his writing was soooo good! Is this book graphic? I wonder if this is a good way to get back into his works…

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    • Ohhhh, I remember so well how reluctant you are about graphic violence in stories. I think you could consider this a bit softer on the overall violence it contains but it still had maybe 3 scenes that might test your limits. It takes time before getting to them though. Otherwise, it’s definitely a good one by Carey! 😀

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      • Well, as long as I know there are only a handful of scenes, I might make it this time around! There were 3-4 in the first 50 pages of The Girl with All the Gifts, so I had to DNF it. But 3 total I might be able to handle. I’ll add this to my TBR. Thanks for the heads up, Lashaan!

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  • I’ve seen nothing but good things about this book, excellent review, Lashaan. The characters sound really interesting. Starting to wish I’d gone for this when I had the chance of an ARC

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  • After reading your review I gather this doesn’t focus too much on an adventure or monster-plants, so Imma pass. It reminds me quite a bit of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking series with the different English, pre-tech world and darker, brutal themes(I found book 1 kinda depressing and wouldn’t have decided to continue it if it weren’t for me wanting to get my sister another book series—it’s a bit of a confusing story how that happened, so I won’t bore you with it 😄).

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    • Hahahahah that story with your sister sure does sound like a lot of fun and drama! 😉 Good comparison with Ness’ Chaos Walking series. I read the first book of his series and enjoyed it a lot, which makes sense why I enjoyed The Book of Koli too. Language-wise, Koli is less staggering though hahaha I did laugh at how you would’ve preferred something more “epic” with monsters and whatnot in this one though. I might have went into it thinking that we’d get those too but I was pleasantly surprised by how everything else captivated me hahah Thanks for checking out this review though! I appreciate it a lot! Take care! 😀

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