It’s been thirty years since the End War destroyed civilization.
Now a terrible curse hangs over the survivors, one that’s pushing humanity's leftovers towards a slow and painful extinction.
A group of women, known as ‘The Complex’, have banded together to rebuild and survive in the heart of New York.
Despite the odds, these women aren't g...more
The Curse had me second guessing every move made by the characters, and none of my guesses were correct. A breathless ride through the post apocalyptic city of New York with an incredible female protagonist and a shady cast of co-conspirators. And a dog. Every great story needs a dog. Just ask John Wick.
Cannot wait to read the second instalment in this series.
Given the vastness of the landscape in New York City, Mark Gillespie has written a tight n ...more
War had scorched the earth. Very little was left. Men roamed the country, not really knowing what they want, but taking what they can. The Ambassadors from New York are offering the most tempting of temptation, a beautiful woman, willing to be i ...more
It takes a while to work out what the curse is - it sounds awful and mysterious, but then it is supposed to - this is not a happy book, this is horror/science fiction and the more you read the darker and more intriguing it gets.
Our protagoni ...more
Young Eda is a loner, a voracious reader, an adventu ...more
I just finished reading “The Curse.” It would have been in one non-stop session if I didn’t have a prior commitment to attend. Gillespie weaves a dystopian tale about a deadly curse that has struck the world following the wars of devastation. An isolated community of women are surviving in the remains of NYC, and have sent ambassadors out into the wastelands to try to find men. They are invited back to mate with the most beautiful woman in the world, but warned that there is a curse t ...more
The Curse is a really well-written post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel that's definitely worth having a look at it. The obvious parallels to the now incredibly popular "A Handmaid's Tale" can't be ignored, with the curse revolving around humankind's inability to procreate and seemingly inevitable spiral into chaos and extinction. However, this comes as somewhat of a counterpoint to Ms Atwood's work, with a strong enclave of women in control of what may very well be the last bastion of ...more
I have to say that this book was a huge surprise for me, and I have to give credit to Gillespie for that because the plot itself has some twists I never expected to. Those twists gave the book more dinamism that I expected to find in a book of this genre, and also facilitate the reading by making you think what would happen to the main characters.
Now, there are d ...more
Now a terrible curse hangs over the survivors, one that's pushing them towards a slow and painful extinction.
A group of women, known as 'The Complex', have banded together to rebuild and survive in the heart of New York.
Despite the odds, these women aren't going down without a fight. Organized and resourceful, they've set out to rebuild the human race no matter what the cost.
But can it b ...more
I put the other book down that I had been reading as soon as I saw another Gillespie book...wouldn't want to miss any. This one is short and sweet..well...short, anyway.
It just takes a few hours to read, but, it's a couple of interesting hours.
Mark puts a new slant on an apocalyptic world'
Now, I have to wait til the next one comes out. You can bet I will be waiting for it.
Margaret Atwood would be proud!
Mark Gillespie seems to channel the best of Stephen King and now Atwood- both masters of their craft. His books grab you from the opening sentence and don't let go until the end. The Curse is brilliantly written. As with all his books it is highly recommended. ...more
The book's an interesting description of a post-apocalyptic NY ruled by woman til you get to the middle and learn what the 'curse' is. Then it explodes.... ...more
Mark’s writing always contains strong characters and a great story. I was pulled into the story at once and had to read it in one sitting because I could not put it down. The story has many twists and I hope it has a sequel, because I’d certainly like to follow a few of the strong characters. Do yourself a favor – get this book!
Mostly a short book moved forward through plot and action. Other than the main character, not a lot of development, the side characters are pretty one dimensional. Comes to a satisfactory conclusion, but you will most likely want to read of the further adventures in the next book. Several satisfying twists in this story.
A good story, a likeable heroine and a German Shepherd!
I try to write my options of books without discussing the book because I don’t want to know much about a book beyond the synopsis before I read it, but this was an interesting unusual story. On to the sequel!
He's the author of The Exterminators Trilogy ('suspenseful, gut-wrenching, thought-provoking') as well as The Future of London series (a 'masterfully written' dystopian saga in which an alternate London has been cut off from the rest of civilisation).
Mark is a former musician from Glasgow, Scotland, who nowadays lives in Austral ...more