AUTHOR: JENNIFER MILLS • CATEGORY: CONTEMPORARY FICTION • PAGES: 357
NOTE- I requested a review copy of Dyschronia from the brilliant people at Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy you can find it here.
An electrifying novel about an oracle. A small town. And the end of the world as we know it…
One morning, the residents of a small coastal town somewhere in Australia wake to discover the sea has disappeared. One among them has been plagued by troubling visions of this cataclysm for years. Is she a prophet? Does she have a disorder that skews her perception of time? Or is she a gifted and compulsive liar?
Oscillating between the future and the past, Dyschronia is a novel that tantalises and dazzles, as one woman’s pescient nightmares become entangled with her town’s uncertain fate. Blazing with questions of consciousness, trust, and destiny, this is a wildly imaginative and extraordinary novel from award-winning author Jennifer Mills.
Have you ever wondered how the world will end? Maybe, you stop and think about the impact we are having on the planet with our need for more, more, more? Dyschronia isn’t the answer to your questions, or is it?
Despite the stunning cover, this is not a pretty book. Well constructed story? Yes. Interesting characters? You bet. Happily ever after? Hells to the N.O. This is a tragic tale of a child (Sam) with exciting foresight, that reveals itself as something darker as an adult. It makes you question, if you could see the future should you keep it to yourself or tell the world?
Chopping from differing prose to different events in the future, it was a bit tricky to gain a sense of what is going on at times early on, but, as a reader you adapt to this quite quickly so not to miss crucial parts of the story. Sam is such a troubled soul and certainly isn’t one of those characters that everyone will relate to, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who could relate to her really. It seems like a lot of the events that she pictures are then manipulated by others for personal gain, but given the world in which they live, it hardly seems fair to judge. I mean if you had nothing wouldn’t you try that make the most of a bad situation?
This is a beautiful, dark and somewhat confronting book. It is smart and well constructed, giving the reader the feeling they are in Sams shoes by losing sense of time. The conclusion of this astounding piece of fiction will be embedded in your mind and stay with you long after you have turned the last page.
Overall Rating: ￼￼￼￼☕☕☕☕ 4/5 teacups
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