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84K by Claire North

I picked this book up on my recent trip to the library on a whim, it sounded interesting and I usually love dystopian novels or shows so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve not read anything by Claire North before so I went in with no expectations.

35511975Plot Overview:

What if your life were defined by a number?

What if any crime could be committed without punishment, so long as you could afford to pay the fee assigned to that crime?

Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office. He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.

But when Theo’s ex-lover Dani is killed, it’s different. This is one death he can’t let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.

Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up…

My Thoughts:

I was immediately drawn to this book because of the premise which sounded so interesting. I love stories which require the reader to put themselves in a world which is a slightly skewed and dark version of their own. Kind of like a Black Mirror or Handmaids Tale frame of mind.

Unfortunately this was a DNF for me – a did not finish. Now this is something I haven’t done in a while, whenever I start a book, I feel compelled to finish it, even if I have to battle through. However with 84K I just couldn’t finish it, for the life of me.

I think this has a lot to do with the way it’s written. There are sentences which just trail off constantly and it’s such a disjointed narrative style that quite frankly drove me mad! I understand that this builds some suspense at times but it was literally every other paragraph.

As well as this, there was constant repetition of the same phrases and wording. Now I get it, you’re trying to reinforce an idea, but in every chapter there was a similar phrase and again, I just didn’t find this appealing at all.

Finally, the jumps between time and different POV of characters was so messy. Combined with the above two frustrations, I just could not get into it. Plus the characters aren’t easy to sympathise with or even understand.

Overall, I can’t in good conscience recommend this book to anyone. I’m quite disappointed since the premise sounded so great. But after slamming my head down in frustration and writing this review, I’ve found people who left glowing reviews for it so take my opinion with a healthy pinch of salt. Maybe I just didn’t ‘get’ what this novel was trying to do? I don’t know but either way, it’s definitely not for me.

Have you ever started reading a book and been unable to finish it? If so, what book? and why? Would love to chat in the comments! 

Until next time,

Rumaanah x

3 thoughts on “84K by Claire North

  1. It is interesting to learn about different ways to run a society. In this case, having a number assigned to you. It is a bummer that the book wasn’t good enough. Though, it’s totally okay to not finish a book. My boyfriend runs into the same issue where he doesn’t like the book and stops halfway, it’s for the better. Merry Christmas!

    Nancy ♥

  2. I also picked this up for the same reasons. I put it down a few chapters in as I thought maybe it wasn’t the time for me to read it.. now I’ve read your review I wonder if maybe it is also a DNF for me! I was uninterested for the same reasons.

  3. I feel obligated to finish a book once I start, but there have been two this year that I just couldn’t bring myself to finish. One (Riverland) an ARC through NetGalley, I forced 100 pages hoping it would get better but just didn’t. It was so disjointed and unpleasant to read, that I just gave up. I have read more than 100 through NetGalley, so I guess it’s not that bad to DNF one. The other one was by a fellow Twitter writer that I read the three chapters filled with sex and violence that just left me going WTF! and knew it wasn’t for me.

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