Novel Monday – The Girl In The Road by Monica Byrne

Hello again!

Last weeks novel was The Girl in the Road: A Novel by Monica Byrne.
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The Girl in the Road is a sci-fi dystopian novel more focused on the human element than the scientific. The tech isn’t as advanced/outlandish as I expect from a sci-fi novel, but more of an amplification of current tech. There is better medicine, better survival gear, self-driving vehicles, and new energy technology. All appear and play their roles, but the focus is on our two main characters, Meena and Mariama.

Meena’s story is in the present time stream. She wakes up with five snakebites on her chest and, fearing attack, decides to flee India. She chooses to cross The Trail, a wave-energy harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea, into Africa.

Mariama’s story unfolds in the past (from the novels perspective), but she is also fleeing. She stows away on a caravan running from her childhood as a slave.

I finished this book in one day. It was a strange adventure where I found myself by turns bored and confused, but somehow still completely fascinated. The stories unfold together in a bit of a tangle, but remain discernible, separate. Both characters reveal their stories to people who are not actually there. They are both splintered, damaged characters, and their narratives reflect that.

There were times I felt I had everything figured out, and then we’d take a turn and the floor would drop out from under me. Wrong again. Then the end finally came, and I couldn’t believe it. It was a great story, and then it wasn’t, and now that I’ve had a bit of distance I’m back to it was a great story. The ending might not have been what I wanted, but that doesn’t make the story less interesting.

4 out of 5.

]I received this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for my honest review.

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So, on to this week!

This weeks novel is…

The Unseen by Katherine Webb.

A historical fiction novel about love, illusion, deception, and murder.

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That’s all for this Novel Monday. See you Friday!

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