FRAME BY AK ALLISS
BOOK LAUNCH AT PLANET THIS TUESDAY 31st JANUARY
PUBLISHED BY ATLAS PRODUCTIONS
REVIEW BY AIDAN WHITEHURST
My first reaction to this novel was to put it down, and leave it down. Maybe use it to prop up the washing machine which has developed a wobble when on spin cycle. But like any objective reviewer, I was determined to finish it; at least then I could tell the kind folks at Planet that I read it. And I’m glad I persisted.
The novel has a very slow beginning, one that seems to exclude the reader from the plot. But after five or so chapters, things start to happen that ensnare the reader. Suddenly I wanted answers. What does Matthew Albrecht get up to in his spare time? What does it have to do with the Middle East? Why is the narrator tiptoeing around with a burner phone? As for me, I now know the answers because I did finish it. You, however, will have to read and find out for yourself.
There has been a lot of speculative fiction written exploring the relationship between technology and its control over human lives. This novel differs in the way it explores how we can use technology to control self-image through social media, but ultimately it is the outpouring of information that can be our demise. There are also a lot of other topical themes being layered into this novel, and although the beginning is slow the story soon morphs into a thriller that is worthy of so much more than propping up household appliances.
Find this novel in store at Planet Books. Ask the friendly staff for guidance too, and they’ll be more than happy to order you in a copy if it’s already sold out.