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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,472 ratings  ·  301 reviews
Set in a near-future England where the poorest people in the land must watch their children be taken by a travelling circus - to perform at the mercy of hungry lions, sabotaged high wires and a demonic ringmaster. The ruling class visit the circus as an escape from their structured, high-achieving lives - pure entertainment with a bloodthirsty edge. Ben, the teenage son of ...more
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Scholastic Fiction
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Amanda Really no. It is about how people are treated differently because something they can not control. Really it depends on you. The similarities aren't e…more Really no. It is about how people are treated differently because something they can not control. Really it depends on you. The similarities aren't exactly too obvious but if you do read the Hunger Games then you should be able to notice it. Just don't watch the Hunger Games movie before you read the book. That's my rule if books are later turned into movies. (less)
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Chloë Jans
Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
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Femke (booksfemme)
Some parts I loved, other parts I didn't. Overall a very enjoyable (if that's the right word..) read. Will elaborate soon!
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
This cover is simply gorgeous!! It kind of reminds me of the movie (haven't watched it yet) The Greatest Showman.

Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jan 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scholastic, dnf
I'm incredibly uncomfortable with the narrative and can't continue.

The concept sounded wonderful but a society racially segregated by those pure of blood and those who are immigrants from diverse backgrounds makes me incredibly uneasy. The latter are referred to as being a blight on society, kept as disposable servants with the intention to eradicate them from society.

After an act of gallantry, I'm assuming Benedict, the male protagonist who is pure of blood will be the white saviour. I have n
Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
oh wow I need this asap
Alex (PaperbackPiano)
This is one of the most fast-paced books I've ever read! Hayley Barker's debut started at an absolute break-neck pace and never once slowed down. This, combined with the short chapters, made for an incredibly fast read. There were even moments where I was so caught up in the action that I found myself holding my breath!

Barker writes very well from two different perspectives and I never once got confused about who was speaking, even with the story moving so rapidly. This book is a refreshing and
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Show Stopper is told from the POV of both Ben and Hoshiko, two very different characters in a dystopian world where people are split into Pures and Dregs. The Pures consist of those who are considered 'Pure English' whilst the Dregs are immigrants. Ben is a Pure, privileged from birth and living better off than most due to his mother's high position in the government. Hoshi is a Dreg who was taken away from her family in the slums and made to perf
Behold, my first 1-star read in centuries! I actually borrowed this book from my sister, who highly disliked it; the story sounded interesting and I wanted to make my own opinion about it, so I read it. But boy, I definitely wasn't ready for the absolute mess this was. If you don't want to read the rant that is about to follow, here is how I'd quickly describe this book: involuntarily problematic, but most all really stupid.

Let me say it straight away, this is not a bad book, technically speakin
Feb 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh I toiled with this book! This book had everything going for it, gorgeous cover, good premise yet it was all ruined. I hated this book but unfortunately, not enough to give it one star. Alas, I stuck to two.

My first problem was with the worldbuilding, as in there wasn’t any. Sure, make a world where there are Dregs and Pures and they hate each other but make sure there’s a backstory behind it. The author mentions it once saying that the UK slowly started to turn on ethnic minorities. But why?
Feb 07, 2018 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
dnf at 25%, the insta love and the writing was just not at my liking
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this whole book is very, but like VERY unbelievable. From the world-building to the instalove between the main characters. They are practically in love before they ever had ONE real conversation.

The world of Showstopper is all about the seperation between pures and dregs (e.g. immigrants, but this is never well explained, while the whole world revolves around this seperation, kind of an important part so to say... >_>'). Part of the dregs get to perform in a circus and subsequently get
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading Show Stopper! I liked the characters and I could not put it down, I was too curious to find out what would happen in the end.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a soft spot for any book that takes place in a circus or carnival. There is something so lovely and magical about that setting that I just can't resist.
However, turns out that alone can not save a book.

I probably could have dealt with the insta-love after a couple hundred eyerolls. I say "probably" because this is one of the most instant, most unbelievable and most ridiculous love storylines I've ever read in my life. Twilight is a masterpiece portrait of human relationships in front of
Over 100 years from now, society is separated into two groups - the Pures and the Dregs. The Dregs were created following animosity towards minority and ethnic groups, and now they’re the lowest of the low - living in slums and for some, forced to perform in the Cirque in which no-one survives very long. When Ben, a Pure, visits the Cirque and is instantly dazzled by trapeze artist Hoshiko, he is suddenly seeing clearly for the first time and realises the injustices in the world.

This was a reall
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Mild Spoilers ahead.

This is undoubtedly a very good debut with a cover to die for. No, I mean it: that cover is what all publishers should aspire to when it comes to cover art. Frankly it was since the cover for VE Schawb's Vicious was released that I didn't gasp in awe of the art.
The book is good, it presents a dystopian Britain in which ethnic minorities are segregated and oppressed in the most brutal of manners. In this the novel conveys very current worries with the state of a natio
steph ★彡
Aug 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, ya, dystopian
dnf at 51%

show stopper by hayley barker is about two teenagers who lead very different lives in a world filled with racism, discrimination, and cruelty. one is a girl named Hoshiko, who performs as a tightrope walker in a extremely dangerous and abusive circus. she is one of the "dregs", the poor and oppressed class in society. the other is a boy named Ben, who attends one of the circus shows and falls in love with Hoshiko. he is one of the "pure", the privileged and those deemed superior. but i
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Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
My expectations for this book weren’t even that high, but God, was I disappointed!

Show Stopper, written by Hayley Barker, takes place in a very, very racist society. In the near future – a few hundred years from now, maybe less, since we’re never told that – England has decided that immigrants (referred to as Dregs) are bad, not really human after all and that they should be treated with no more respect than your average street rat.

In this dystopian, there is the ‘Cirque’ a circus where all th
Kate Ormand
Welcome to the deadliest show on Earth . . . In a near future UK, where society is split in two, Ben is the son of a government minister and Hoshiko is a tightrope walker in the circus where performers are forced to perform dangerous, often fatal, acts for entertainment. Weaving together two sides of the story, we see what horrors the circus has on offer as Ben comes to understand what’s really happening around him.

A dark, dystopian read, told in short chapters that kept the pace racing forward
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
When I started this, I was really enjoying it. It is HEAVY on the circus setting, which is my favorite. But then it became this crazy dystopian and I’m kinda over that genre. Also there are way too many spelling errors in this book.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's hard to comment this story..
"It was okay". Yes I think the two star description of goodreads describes my feeling of this book well.

I've finished this book already last month but I found it difficult to write a review about it. Because well... I just needed to figure out what exactly the reasons were why I didn't like the book that much..
I think if you aren't too familiar with this genre you probably will enjoy this book much more than I did. I've read and seen a bit more science fiction which probably makes me too critica
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5? Pretty interesting overall. I get that this was written in response to discrimination and racism in England, but it feels closer to events that have already happened in history than to some dystopian future. A lot of what she describes doesn't seem that far-fetched. But it's meant to make you uncomfortable, I guess, and it definitely did.

However, there's also a bit too much insta-love, six-year-olds speaking like they're a lot older than they are, and descriptions of a future that sounds m
Nicole Sweeney
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles

This book caught my eye when I heard people talking about it on Twitter. The premise combined with the gorgeous cover art really sucked me in and I was really desperate to read it. Even though I’d read the description and a few blogger reviews, this book was still completely unlike what I thought it would be. It’s a dark and brutal story about a future England in which ‘pure’ English people are the ruling elite, and everyone not completely En
SJH (A Dream of Books)
4.5 stars.

‘Show Stopper’ by Hayley Barker was a really unique and original read. I whizzed through it pretty quickly because it was gripping and fast-flowing and hard to put down.

There were two things that I particularly enjoyed about the book. The first was that the author has chosen to base the concept for the story on the divide which is apparent in today’s society between natural born citizens and immigrants. The twist on this, is that she has depicted a near-future society where immigrant
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This must have been one of my most uncomfortable reads of this year, and I love this book for it. Not just because the future Show Stopper describes is one that's simply terrifying, but even more because the seeds of the attitudes in that future are things that you can hear all around you these days, not just on the deep, dark parts of the internet, but also on tv, in politics. I loved how Barker managed to make a world out of that that makes it very clear that we don't ever want that world to h ...more
I have just finished this book and sugar honey ice tea, that was dramatic!
My heart is still pounding from reading the last few chapters of this book.
That was such a fast read, but the amount of detail the action that goes into this book doesn't feel sloppy or half hearted.
The details in this book and how the events are descriped are brilliant. Don't get me wrong there were certain parts in this book that I just couldn't bring myself to read because they were so detailed and I could imagine the
Julia Stetter
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book I was honestly preparing myself for a disappointment (don’t ask me why, I’m pessimistic like that 😂). Having read the book description and several reviews, I wasn’t sure this story would be for me. Surprisingly though, I ended up thoroughly enjoying it ☺️

The chapters are very short and switch in POV between the two main characters Hoshiko and Ben. This really made me fly through the book (can you use that as an expression in English like you can in Dutch? 🙈). Anyway, it
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“The thing is, I don't really mean to disappoint you and all that, but it doesn't really matter what you do to me; I'll never tell you where he is. We're going to destroy your silly little circus. We're going to bring you down. - Hoshiko” 5 likes
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