Review of The GraceKeepers by Kirsty Logan
Another hypnotically strange fairy-tale-at-sea (that weird sub-sub-genre that I love so much).
I hope there will be a follow-up, or several, set in the same world. Basically, this is a much better version of Waterworld. Land is scarce and food is stretched thin and social classes are tied to whether you live on an island or on a ship. It reads more like a fairy tale than a dystopian novel though, and thank God for that.
Also, a floating circus. Yes.
(Probably a longer review later, and thanks to PRH for the advance copy!
I was sold on this book for a couple reasons. One, a coworker recommended it, two, it was by a Scottish author, and three, it had a very unique world setting with interesting characters.
I enjoyed the chapters told from various character views. It really helped to flesh out not only the characters but the world and some of its more subtle workings. The books is very character driven as opposed to action driven (despite each character constantly being in motion across the sea) and Logan did a good job getting into the heads of each character, even the minor ones.
The whole book had a fairytale feel, a good thing to be sure since it was inspired by Scottish mythology and fairytales. The pacing was good and I loved all of the sea imagery. This was a very fun, enjoyable read!