Out of the Blue: The inside story of the unexpected rise and rapid fall of Liz Truss
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Her mother is dead, her dad is on an obsessive wild goose chase, and mysterious winged beings are falling from the sky. The rep is fantastic too: bi, non-binary (throughout all), gay, a sapphic relationship, big person, and more that I'm sure I'm missing mentioning right here.
In Zoroastrianism (which dates back to about 1500 BCE) and the Abrahamic religions (the major ones being Judaism, Christianity and Islam), angels are generally considered spiritual beings created by God to serve him in many roles, including as intermediaries with humanity. What emerges is a book of two parts, the second of which focuses heavily on her seven weeks in prime ministerial office and is essentially a Sunday newspaper long read on acid. This extraordinary collection, the first anthology of Icelandic short fiction published in English translation, features work by twenty of Iceland’s most popular and celebrated living authors—including Andri Snær Magnason, Jón Kalman Stefánsson, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, and Auður Jónsdóttir—granddaughter of Halldór Laxness, who won the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature.
I found the romance really satisfying, with a good teen HFN (which I prefer in YA, because how many people get an HEA at 17? Then again, you see the greens and rainbows of the world painted over and discarded, while you savour any little piece of difference you can find. They’ve pollluted the planet so much that there’s a floating island of trash that’s literally the size of a country. I loved how Sean’s body type may not have been the typical slim swimming body, and I loved his confidence in himself.
Robbie Griffiths of the Evening Standard speculated on 5 October that, with Out of the Blue set to be sent to the printers "in the next few days", Truss's "turbulent start to the job" put Cole and Heale in a difficult position. This next part might be minorly spoilery, but it’s only to do with the need for a true ‘romance’ to have a Happy Ever After or Happy For Now rather than the actual events in the ending of the book.On the screen, a slim, copper-colored woman lies slumped over a pile of broken wood and burst watermelons. Despite being written off and mocked by even her closest colleagues, Liz Truss slowly but determinedly achieved her goal of taking over 10 Downing Street - only to instantly plunge her administration into chaos and announce her resignation after a record-breaking 44 days. Devoting such a large part of a main character's mindset to "winning back" an awful person managed to annoy me a lot.