AUTHOR: DANNY DENTON • CATEGORY: DYSTOPIAN • PAGES: 357
NOTE- I requested a review copy of The Earlie King and The Kid In Yellow from the brilliant people at Allen&Unwin in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy you can find it here.
Ireland is flooded, derelict. It never stops raining. The Kid in Yellow has stolen the babba from the Earlie King. Why? Something to do with the King’s daughter, and a talking statue, something godawful. And from every wall the King’s Eye watches. And yet the city is full of hearts-defiant-sprayed in yellow, the mark of the Kid.
It cannot end well. Can it? Follow the Kid, hear the tale. Roll up! Roll up!
I am going to preface this review by saying I like weird books. If you don’t like books that are a bit left of centre then this won’t be the book for you. If you are in that category, don’t bother reading any further. Go get a cup of tea or some chocolate. Can you get me some too???
With books that aren’t mainstream you never really know what the plot or writing style will be like. Both, are like nothing I have read before. The plot plunges the reader into the world of gangland murders and a failed legal system, set against the backdrop of Ireland that has been drenched in rain for decades. The Earlie King, is a big bad almost mythical villan. Killing at will and controlling Dublin. The Kid In Yellow is naive and so so very young. He has found himself in an impossible situation.
The construction of story shifts from different character POV, to play exerts which depict the tale of the Earlie King and The Kid In Yellow. It is a story inside a story where as a reader we are being told of events that are folklaw. We watch the play unfold to its own conclusion, while the main story continues.
The ending isn’t definitive and that would normally piss me off. I don’t want to read 300+ pages not to have a bloody conclusion! But, BUT, with this story it makes sense. In the real world how many gangland crime stories have missing pieces or people? Many. So, I feel that it is fitting for this story and the manner in which it is written.
Overall it is claps for your Danny Denton, what a stellar debut! This book was complex, dark, with a writing style that was addictive. Bravo!
Overall Rating: ￼￼￼￼☕☕☕☕ 4/5 teacups
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Happy reading x