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The inner monologue of the main character along with his tired, wry sense of the absurd and humorous in an utterly horrible post-apocalyptic Britain really breathes new life into a well-mined genre. Almost, but not quite on par with Careys The girl with all the gifts. Recommended.
I decided to get this based on the overview of the book. It made me think a little of Mad Max across the UK, with a hint of the Transporter and 28 days later.
However, it didn't really get out of the north of England, and the driving part was fairly small.
But that does not take away from the enjoyment of the book. There are basically 2 stories running - the first is before the 'event' - which follows our main lead and describes the Artificial Beings and why they were there and the events that lead up to the current situation. The second is basically the main story - which is our main lead taking a passenger to London.
As stated before, they stop off fairly quickly to pick up a guide - who wants something to help with his condition and they have to break into a secure compound. Its a bit of a stretch, but if you go with it it is enjoyable. Shame we missed some possible cool Mad Max moments.
The narrator was good. Its a shame that one of the characters has a condition which means it hard for his to talk - as the narrator made this character fairly hard to understand in some instances. This is a minor grip only.
This is a quick read. So, jump on board the taxi and listen to it.
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an excellent story brought alive by a most excellent reader , Rupert Degas is a true master and supreme auditory artist , the characters come to life so vividly .