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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
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Feb 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from March 02 to 12, 2012 — I own a copy

A great historical setting and well researched book. The story was compelling and kept me engaged, but I felt at times the storyline was a bit too predictable to be a full on thriller. The harsh bleakness of a Stalinist Soviet Union is well described and probably the reason I picked up this book along with being dystopian. The characters are well developed and you can sense the emotional and internal battles they are experiencing. There are also some interesting philosophical questions posed that the author lets you digest while allowing the story to progress; “if you are starving to death only able to eat dirt, is it ok for you to have a cat as a pet or should you eat it to survive?” A few books from the further reading the Author listed as his historical research were on my ‘to read list’ and now I’ve added a few more. I will probably read his second book in the series after reading some of the historical references.
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