Monday, October 22, 2012

Review # 241: The Miracle Inspector by Helen Smith

Description: (from GoodReads)

     England has been partitioned and London is an oppressive place where poetry has been forced underground, theaters and schools are shut, and women are not allowed to work outside the home. A young couple, Lucas and Angela, try to escape from London – with disastrous consequences.


     Helen Smith's The Miracle Inspector blew me away with its bleak and gnarled view of the future and its fear-driven inhabitants! The book blurb may seem somewhat unconventional, but this disturbing dystopian thriller's look into the fractured, chaotic, and desecrate future of Britain grabbed my attention at page one. I did not expect to be so intrigued by Helen Smith's well-placed prose, full of startling depictions as well as biting, yet somehow lyrical, humor. Her ability to create such a believable tale of paranoia and hopelessness is built on some of the most debilitating fears plaguing today's societies - terrorists, rapists, murderers, pedophiles, corrupt governments, abusers, etc... Everyone watches everyone else, but is helpless to stop what they see - and escape is futile. Aspects of the overall plot are eerily reminiscent of Lord of the Flies, 1984, and Brave New World, three of my favorite high-school reads; however, it is by no means stagnant or unoriginal. There is a lot less action than I had hoped for, but it makes up for it with vivid and well-developed characters and dialogue, especially where Angela and Lucas are concerned. This book is intense and leaves readers with more questions than answers, but it is well worth the read. Recommended for more mature audiences who enjoy a book that gets them thinking.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

About the Author:

     Helen Smith is a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain and English PEN. She traveled the world when her daughter was small, doing all sorts of strange jobs to support them both – from cleaning motels to working as a magician’s assistant – before returning to live in London where she wrote her first novel which was published by Gollancz (part of the Hachette Group).

     She is the author of bestselling cult novel Alison Wonderland. She writes novels, poetry, plays and screenplays and is the recipient of an Arts Council of England Award. She’s a long-term supporter of the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture and mentors members of an exiled writers group to help them tell their stories.

Her latest book is the dystopian thriller The Miracle Inspector.

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The Miracle Inspector Tour Schedule

Tuesday, September 4

Interview at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, September 5

Read First Chapter at Pump Up Your Book

Thursday, September 6

Interview at Beyond the Books

Friday, September 7

Interview at Examiner

Monday, September 10

Book Giveaway at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem

Wednesday, September 12

Guest Blogging at Coffee and a Keyboard

Thursday, September 13

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Friday, September 14

Book Featured at Book Marketing Buzz

Interview at Blogcritics

Monday, September 17

Interview at Between the Covers

Tuesday, September 18

Interview at The Dark Phantom

Wednesday, September 19

Thursday, September 20

Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Friday, September 21

Guest Blogging at The Bunny’s Review

Monday, September 24

Interview at The Book Connection

Tuesday, September 25

Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life

Friday, September 27

Book Review at Minding Spot

Monday, October 1

Guest Blogging at Literarily Speaking

Tuesday, October 2

Guest Blogging at Working for the Mandroid

Wednesday, October 3

Character Interview at Beyond the Books

Thursday, October 4

Guest Blogging at Talisman Book Publishing

Friday, October 5

Interview at Review From Here

Monday, October 8

Book Review at Christa Allan’s blog

Tuesday, October 9

Wednesday, October 10

Guest Blogging at Rainy Day Reviews

Thursday, October 11

Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Friday, October 12

Book Review at Luxury Reading

Monday, October 15

Book Review & Book Giveaway at Bookspark

Wednesday, October 17

Book Review at Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf

Thursday, October 18

Book Review & Guest Blogging at The Phantom Paragrapher

Monday, October 22

Guest Blogging at As the Pages Turn

Tuesday, October 23

Book Review at Sincerely Stacie

Wednesday, October 24

Guest Blogging at Waiting on Sunday to Drown

Friday, October 26

Book Review at Howard McEwen

Book Review at Celestial Reviews

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