Books from the Backlog #275

Posted July 20, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 8 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #275The World Gives Way by Marissa Levien
Published by Redhook on June 15, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Literary
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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A Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction Finalist

In a near-future world on the brink of collapse, a young woman born into servitude must seize her own freedom in this glittering debut with a brilliant twist—perfect for fans of Station Eleven, Karen Thompson Walker, and Naomi Alderman.

In fifty years, Myrra will be free.

Until then, she's a contract worker. Ever since she was five, her life and labor have belonged to the highest bidder on her contract—butchers, laundries, and now the powerful, secretive Carlyles.

But when one night finds the Carlyles dead, Myrra is suddenly free a lot sooner than she anticipated—and at a cost she never could have imagined. Burdened with the Carlyles' orphaned daughter and the terrible secret they died to escape, she runs. With time running out, Myrra must come face to face with the truth about her world—and embrace what's left before it's too late.

A sweeping novel with a darkly glimmering heart, The World Gives Way is an unforgettable portrait of a world in freefall, and the fierce drive to live even at the end of it all.

A New York Times Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novel of 2021

A Fortune Magazine Best Book of 2021

"A staggering marvel."—TheNew York Times

"The World Gives Way has a sweeping world rich in lore and an electric plot."—Brandon Taylor, Booker Prize-nominated author of Real Life

Why did I add The World Gives Way to my bookshelf?

I bought this book from PangoBooks when I had a coupon that made really hard to resist. I remember that I already had my eye on the book because I love a good dystopian tale. The reviews on Goodreads seem to be mostly positive. If I can ever slow down to the point that I can keep up with the ARCs that I have requested, I would love to give this one a read.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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8 responses to “Books from the Backlog #275

  1. Ooo, yes, I can see why you were excited to snatch this one up. I’m in the same boat trying to shift the balance from so many arcs to reading more of what I’ve got.

  2. I do love a good dystopian novel. I haven’t heard of this one as its outside of what I read but it definitely has a intriguing premise that I hope you end up loving darling!

  3. SFF books like this are sort of scary because there is always a glimmer of truth in there. Hope you enjoy it!