Though it could have done with a bit more survivalism, the first half had me completely hooked. But the second half was completely different, and this is where my book reviewing skills kind of fail me, as I have no way to adequately explain my frustrations without getting into spoiler territory. True, the released blurb of most editions of Above completely give it all away, but trust me you will enjoy the book a lot more if you don’t know.
Let’s just say the plot kind of unravelled. It was an excellent attempt to bridge two genres and it’s certainly what attracted me to the book in the first place, but it just didn’t work. It felt disjointed, try-hard, and was immediately apparent that Isla Morley’s strengths as a writer lie in the psychological and characterisation. And it’s such a shame though, because I thought it was such an incredible idea. Still absolutely worth reading for the first half alone. And maybe if you don’t read the full blurb you might end up liking the second half a bit more. I can’t guarantee anything, but I say it’s worth a shot.
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