Monday, October 8
Book Review: 419
Author: Will Ferguson
Summary: A car tumbles down a snowy ravine. Accident or suicide?
On the other side of the world, a young woman walks out of a sandstorm in sub-Saharan Africa. In the labyrinth of the Niger Delta, a young boy learns to survive by navigating through the gas flares and oil spills of a ruined landscape. In the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the internet looking for victims.
Lives intersect, worlds collide, a family falls apart. And it all begins with a single email: “Dear Sir, I am the son of an exiled Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help ...”
419 takes readers behind the scene of the world’s most insidious internet scam. When Laura’s father gets caught up in one such swindle and pays with his life, she is forced to leave the comfort of North America to make a journey deep into the dangerous back streets and alleyways of the Lagos underworld to confront her father’s killer. What she finds there will change her life forever ...
My Rating: 3.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was a very frustrating read for me, and I pushed myself through it. It's not a book I enjoyed at all, and not a book I'd ever recommend.
The main story line was my first turn off. The huge emphasis and over explaining of how the internet scam worked bothered me to no end. It went on and on about exactly how the guy scammed Laura's father. I found it became to repetitive and had to put the book down multiple times, because of it. The second half of the book was a little more interesting, particularly when it focused away from the Internet scam and on Nnamdi's story, but I think by that point I was already far to frustrated with the book to truly care about the characters anymore.
I didn't find the multiple storylines pulled together at all. It felt very forced and convenient all these characters came together the way they did in the end. And I didn't care for how short the chapters were. I found that although it was a good idea to have the multiple story threads explained throughout the book, the short paragraph chapters at times, was to disruptive to bring everything together. Sometimes it was just a simple E-Mail for a chapter, but I didn't find it added anything to the book, instead of helping create a story with multiple story threads that would come together, I found it disrupted and hindered it.
In the end, this was not a book for me.
Would I recommend it to read: I wouldn't. It It's not a book that captured me, and I was far to frustrated with book to want to recommend it to anyone.
What to read next: The Other Giller Longlisters,
Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Canadian Book Challenge VI, Fall into Reading Challenge