Saturday, March 22
Book Review: Revolt
Author: Qaisra Shahraz
Summary: A multi-layered, multi-faceted story of love and loss, finding and losing and mixed-race marriage, Revolt is the tale of three wealthy sisters and the problems that no amount of money can solve. There is a daughter, abandoned because of an impulsive marriage, an aunt who pines for love lost, and a bridegroom with the biggest problem of them all.
Set in England and the fictional village of Gulistan in Pakistan, with it's fascinating array of quirky, eccentric and unforgettable characters, Revolt centres on the forthcoming marriage of two rich cousins and the often hilarious but always deeply moving pitfalls and perils of living in a place where everyone knows everybody's business. Underpinning the action is the compulsive and pervading need to resolve the conflict between Pakistani Muslim values and those of the modern West.
My Rating: 6/10
What I liked/disliked about the book:The book was very well written, detailed in both plot and character, but I found that the book didn't exactly work for me.
I think one of the biggest issues about the book was that it felt like I was dropped in the middle of the story, rather than have a introduction and gradual development to the overall story. From the start, the characters were fairly developed, which was a good thing, but also it threw me off, because I felt like I was missing a big chunk of the story. The overall story wasn't bad, at times it was interesting for me, but I struggled with it, because I always felt like I missed the introduction to the story. Basically, it was a case where I felt like I began in the middle of the story, instead of at the beginning.
Overall, the writing was well done, the plot was very layered, there was a lot to it, and had a lot of substance to it. The author did an extraordinary job here at bringing all the plot threads together as one complex plot. There were also a lot of characters, who were all well written and well developed. But, I just didn't connect to them as much as I would have liked.
Overall, it wasn't a bad read but it wasn't exactly one I connected to as much as I would have liked.
Would I recommend it to read: I think I would, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought, but I do think a lot of readers out there would love the book.
What to read next: I'm not sure on this one. I think, if you enjoyed the book, check out the author other books.
Challenges: 100 Books, 2014 Category Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.