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The Book of Koli

(Rampart Trilogy #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  4,710 ratings  ·  888 reviews
Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognizable world. A world where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly vines and seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don't get you, one of the dangerous shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He knows the first rule of survival is that you don't ve
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Orbit
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Andrew C. There are further discussions of the needles in the second installment, but like the descriptions of most of the critters they are written with the as…moreThere are further discussions of the needles in the second installment, but like the descriptions of most of the critters they are written with the assumption of familiarity- if I wrote about a lion say, or a horse I might skip over fine details to move the action along knowing that my reader knows what a lion or horse generally look like and can fill in the gaps. In this situation M.R. Carey is writing as if we, the recipiants of Koli's tale are just as familiar with "needles" as Koli is. The effect, for me anyway, is to make the strangeness of the flora and fauna all the stranger as the scant details must be stitched together in my own imagination. Like Lauren said below, however, my first thoughts were pretty weaselly. (less)
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Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
“Why would anyone hug a tree?” I stammered out. “You would most likely die!”
Nah, you certainly don’t hug trees in Koli’s world, unless you are acutely suicidal. This is unspecified-time-in-the-future “Ingland” (part of what was once known as “Yewkay”) where, fed up with climate change, trees become bloodthirsty predators and regressed humanity huddles behind tall walls in ever-shrinking villages, relying on bits and pieces of still-functional old world tech that might as well be magic for al

this trilogy-opener is a three-and-a-half rounded up for meeeee, because i like what this book sets up a little bit more than i liked the book itself.

i was drawn to this book/series by the promise of killer trees. OKAY, and also by those gorgeous covers which HIGHLIGHT the killer trees. and also because i really like M.R. Carey, but let’s just focus on the KILLER TREES for now.

fact is, there’s not much about killer trees here. they function like the boogeyman—there’s some mentio
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for a post-apocalyptic novel, so when it seemed like some friends wanted to read The Book of Koli, followed by a serendipitous sale, it seemed like a good time for a flash group read. Plus, aggressive plants! And I don't mean in that annoying, never-get-that-burr-out-of-wool kind of way, or the poison-ivy-burn kind of way, but plants that actually chased down and squished people. Fun times!

Oh, except Koli. Koli is not fun, as Koli is a teenage boy. One thing you can say about M.R. C
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia, fiction
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." ~Arthur C. Clarke

Do you ever read a book you love so much that you purposely read it as slowly as possible? You can't wait to reach the end but at the same time, you don't want to ever reach the last page because you enjoy it so much?

That was how I was reading The Book of Koli. I wish I could have made it last even longer..... though my TBR pile is ever growing and ready to topple under its own weight. Still, I could happily
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
The Book of Koli is a book I have been very excited for since I first heard about it earlier this year. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, given this is my first time reading Carey, but I am thrilled to report he did not disappoint.

The world presented here is one of the more unique worlds I think I’ve encountered. It’s set in a future earth in which trees and plants have become deadly to humans. On sunny days the trees are active (physically active!), so the village must wait for the rainy, g
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-shelf, ya, sci-fi
I've been enjoying M.R. Cary for quite some time now and I jumped on the chance to review his new series through Netgalley.

So was it everything I might have hoped? Yes! And maybe.

At first, I realized, belatedly, that this had all the hallmarks of a YA novel. He's done some good YA in the past, so I settled into life in a dystopian future with ancient advanced tech, trees that like to hunt us, and provincial life that takes a major turn for the worse.

Standard fare, mostly, with some really fun
Lisa Wolf

I got a story to tell you. I’ve been meaning to make a start for a long while now, and this is me doing it, but I’m warning you it might be a bumpy road. I never done nothing like this before, so I got no map, as it were, and I can’t figure how much of what happened to me is worth telling.

Meet Koli. Koli lives in the village of Mythen Rood, a town of 200 people — which to Koli, is a “terrible big place”, located in “a place called Ingland”. Mythen Rood is surrounded by walls, because everythin
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
First off, I know the writing style is meant to be what I’m about to complain about but my god it was like reading a different language. It’s like caveman speak the entire book. It’s not written in standard English.
Exact sentence from chapter 1: “Judging is what them that listen does for them that tell”

Bring = brung
Only = onliest
Road = rood

The word “et” kept being used consistently and I’m still unsure what that is supposed to mean. Eat maybe?
It’s full of double negatives for example: “when ther
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Carey's "The Book of Koli" is a fun fantasy plunge into a post-apocalyptic world where folks have become isolated in small subsistence villages where tech has become a religious experience. Indeed, almost the kind of reverence is given tech as the radiation cult in “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” gave the holy nuclear missile housed in the remains of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

In Koli's little burb, salvaged bits of the past are kept in a treasure trove and, on their fifteenth birthdays, youth are
Joanne Harris
I've been waiting for something like this since the last installment of Becky Chambers' WAYFARERS series, and here it is: a marvellous dystopian glimpse into a wholly immersive, believable world of carnivorous trees, strange animals, fractured fairytales and ancient tech, in which the familiar and the unfamiliar come together to create a gripping fable of what might happen in the wake of a war between humankind and the planet. It's the first of a trilogy - and I'm already reading the second one, ...more
Nils | nilsreviewsit

‘I seen now that dying wasn’t just one single thing that happens one single time. A little of it comes with every ending, collecting in the heart of you like rainwater in a barrel.’
The Book of Koli is the first book in the Rampart trilogy, by M. R. Carey. I have previously read two novels by Carey; The Girl with all the Gifts and Someone Like Me, which were both highly entertaining reads. So when I heard about this upcoming trilogy, my interest was immediately peaked. Especially once I heard th
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Prior to receiving an eARC of The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey, I had not read any of the author’s work. While I know of The Girl with All the Gifts, I think The Book of Koli was a great introduction into Carey’s work. I was sold on this book as soon as I saw that it was recommended for those who enjoyed Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.

The Book of Koli is told from the point of view of the main character Koli who lives in a small
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed, audio
I received a free ebook ARC of this book but I wound up buying the audiobook version. That is the only way that I could get through the book. I found the writing style off-putting. The author employs an invented dialect that is very annoying and isn’t used consistently. “Then I come along, and I got a piece of tech for my own self. I thought my fortune was made until Catrin and them teached me better.” The audiobook saved me because the narrator had to do the heavy lifting of figuring out the pr ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
2.5 stars

This was unfortunately not as good as I had hoped it would be. The first half was pretty slow, but it did pick up some in the second half.

The main character was not very engaging, but the side characters of Ursala and Monono made me stick with it to the end. Aside from the uneven pacing and the uninspiring main character, my central disappointment with this book is that the story offers nothing new in the genre. I feel like I've read this kind of gritty post-apocalyptic YA story many ti
Dyrk Ashton
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have loved everything I've read from Mike (M.R.) Carey, and this is no different. The Book of Koli is a terrific and terrifying vision of a future world where everything from archaic rogue drones, genetically altered forest creatures, and even the trees themselves want to kill you - and eat you. Humankind has been reduced to isolated enclaves of primitive existence where the ability to control the few relics of technology can mean the difference between survival and extinction.

I've mentioned t
Amy Imogene Reads
4.5 stars

This was VERY cool. Generations after the fall of technology, the world has evolved backwards... Now trees can eat you and move as fast as animals, people are back in the Stone Age of knowledge, and there are bigger things coming.

Writing: ★★★
Concept: ★★★★★
Plot/Pacing: ★★★★

The Book of Koli is the first of three books in the series, and thank goodness for that. I need more of this world!

Koli lives the village of Mythen Rood. His village is in a small clearing vigorously maintained by the
Apr 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, not sorry, DNFed this at 17 percent. My brain got mad at me and then I heard a buzzing noise and that's it. This is too painful to continue. I hope it gets better for those who continue with it. Since I loved "The Girl With All the Gifts" and was meh to annoyed with "The Boy on the Bridge” I hoped this one would land on the side of me loving it. Too bad. The writing is what killed this book for me. I get what the author was going for, but you have to think through doing "gimmicky" things ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
The Book of Koli, a science fiction book, was a solid 4.5 stars. The book centers around main character Koli-a young boy living in a post-apocalyptic world. The story is told through Koli himself, a country boy living in the tiny village of Mythen Rood, who is suddenly forced out of the village due to uncovering some “truths” involving technology.
The book of Koli is filled with a large cast of colorful characters and is highly entertaining. I especially enjoyed the first half of the book that d
Oleksandr Zholud
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a SF post-apoc novel, published in 2020, eligible for 2021 awards. This is the first volume of the planned trilogy.

Koli, whose name appears in the title, is a boy living in the post-apoc village Mythen Rood in what once (at least several generations ago) was Britain. In these days people are few and they are victims not of a ‘usual’ nuclear holocaust or environmental degradation, but of an attempt to save trees. As is told at the beginning (within the first 5% or so) “Everything that liv
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is the first book in the Rampart Trilogy.
The story is set in a dystopian world where a young boy Koli is growing up.
This new world is scary and deadly and he will need all his strength to stay alive.
I found this book hard to read because the strange dialog was hard to follow at times.
Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Captain
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

"She forgot about how bad things was for us for a while, and I guess I did too.  It never stops amazing me how a story can deliver you out of your own self, even in the worst of times. - the book of koli"

Aye, this story did indeed deliver me out of me own self.  I am surviving and really can't complain about me personal life right now.  But I am filled with worry
Liz Barnsley
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blinking brilliant. So happy it's a trilogy. Review to follow for the tour. ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Oh, hype raises its ugly head once again. As you know, I’m big a fan of M.R. Carey and I was very excited to read The Book of Koli, the first volume of his new dystopian series called The Rampart Trilogy. From its description though, I already knew it was going to be quite different from his previous work that I’ve enjoyed. And that’s the kicker, isn’t it? Different can mean good or bad things; you never know what you migh
I enjoyed this post-apocalypse coming of age book a lot. It uses typical setups of a teenager in a village discovering truths withheld from him. In the appropriate selfcentered manner of his age he explores his possibilities without considering the consequences and thus brings a time of change to him and his village. So far, nothing new.

What made me dig this read was the POV. Told as reminiscence with the insight of his older self into the mistakes of his youth the tone is self-deprecating at ti
Allison Hurd
Carey is great at what I term "verbal vignettes" where he paints gorgeous word paintings of something--a place, a person, a feeling. This is littered with them, as well as many smart devices for storytelling about a far(?) future Earth that is at once totally believable and fantastical.

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Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: post-apocalypse
I’ve read Carey’s excellent Felix Castor series as well as the Girl with all the Gifts and the Boy on the Bridge and found it all Good Stuff, so I was excited to read the blurb for this and keen to get started. I was surprised by this. Koli was not a particularly charismatic main character, the world building was partial, much of it unexplained. I liked the syntax and pattern of Koli’s voice. All in all, a bit disappointing. Many thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

5 Stars for Audiobook, 4 Stars for Story

- Theo Solomon did a great job with the narration. He made the story come alive.
- While I have enjoyed many of Carey's work, this book was the best one to experience by audio.
- Great character driven plot with just enough foreshadowing to keep you hooked.
- I want more about the setting (world) & I'm going to bet that will happen in the next book.
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Orbit Books. Koli has been raised in the small village of Mythen Rood, well after the collapse of society due to rapidly evolving plantlife that has turned against humans. In his world, the wildlife is deadly, and trees even more so, but they’re protected by the Ramparts, a small group of special villagers who can control the technology of the old world. Koli longs to be a Rampart, but when he discovers some of their secrets, he re ...more
Holly (The GrimDragon)
"So that was our life, and it seemed like nothing would ever happen to change it. But it's when you think such thoughts that change is most like to come. You let your guard down, almost, and life comes running at you on your blind side. Because life is nothing but change, even when it seems to stand still. Standing still is a human thing, like a defiance we throw, but we can never do it for long."

While in the midst of a pandemic, why not get in the mood to read a post-apocalyptic story, right?!
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, scifi
Koli lives in a town surrounded by distance, derelict land, guards, watch towers and other defensive measures. Defence against the weather, against the Sun, against animals in the air, on land and underground(!), against animated vegetation and against... the Shunned! This is the United Kingdom, the world, centuries after mankind's fall... where the main prey is... man!

[A free proof copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review*]
The Book of Koli is, at face-value, a coming of
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Mike Carey is the acclaimed writer of Lucifer and Hellblazer (now filmed as Constantine). He has recently completed a comics adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, and is the current writer on Marvel's X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four. He has also written the screenplay for a movie, Frost Flowers, which is soon to be produced by Hadaly Films and Bluestar Pictures.

Also writes as Mike Carey

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Rampart Trilogy (3 books)
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