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Everything You Ever Wanted: A Florence Welch Between Two Books Pick

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Filled with sharp observations about the way in which we live now, Everything You Ever Wanted is both an acute satire of our social-media dominated times, and a haunting examination of depression and anxiety rendered in diamond sharp prose with barely a wasted word. Iris Cohen, the heroine of Luiza Sauma’s absorbing and ambitious second novel, Everything You Ever Wanted, chooses the last of these options, making it through the recruitment process to become one of 100 “lucky” people who will forge a new life on newly discovered planet Nyx. But Everything You Ever Wanted defies clear genre classifications: it certainly is not an AGA-saga, a bodice-ripper or even chick-lit. Imagine a refreshing coming-of-age dystopian novel set within very dreary and dull modern-day London, depicting a protagonist living an underwhelming, relatable yet horrific existence, who decides to start her life afresh on another planet.

Scott is an angry, sullen young man whom everyone feels they have to tiptoe around lest they set him off. The story was decent, but the ending wrapped up way to quickly for how the rest of the story dragged out. It should have been a win for me - a possible murder in a hazing gone wrong, family secrets, plenty of intrigue - but it just fell flat.The scenery of Iris' Earth is completely identical to the Earth of our own, having visited London often as a child I actually found it rather nostalgic. We can roll our eyes and state "no one would be crazy enough to do that", but some are so maddened by their dull day-to-day existence that I strongly believe some would love the opportunity and woud at least consider it. It is only when we peel away the layers of the past that we clearly see the present and begin the future, thus fulfilling our destiny. A daring and original novel that asks profound questions about the way we live today whilst being simultaneously playful and fun.

I really hoped that Sara Shepard explored the grief part more in depth since it was hinted at towards the end. Starting reading this book on holiday, as I really like the author so thought I’m sure I’ll like this one. Now Caine delves into the real stories behind the gangs we think we know so well, revealing the hidden realities behind the myths. After work you get so blackout drunk you can’t remember the circumstances which have led you to waking up next to your colleague. After work you get so blackout drunk you can't remember the circumstances which have led you to waking up next to your colleague.For Iris and her fellow volunteers are also part of a Truman Show reality TV experiment, Life on Nyx, which will see their daily lives and thoughts beamed back to Earth, even though they have no contact with the world back home, no internet or social media, no television, no way of knowing what’s actually going on out there – and, worst of all, no way back.

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