Wednesday 23 September 2020

Sweet Harmony by Claire North - Book Review

Amanda Kennedy
I was really pleased to discover that Claire North had written a new title. Everything of hers I've read so far has been insightful, intelligent and hugely enjoyable. Sweet Harmony is no exception: though a shorter novella than her standard books, it packs a punch in its exploration of human nature through a slightly dystopian setting in the near future. The plot centers around Harmony: a young woman dissatisfied with her appearance and her life, who chooses to seek assistance from"nanos": a new technology to physically aid and enhance our bodies. The plot shifts between the recent past and the present, in which Harmony is in debt, and unable to continue payments for her nano packages. We learn how Harmony found herself in this situation: her dissatisfaction that her "plain" physical appearance proved a barrier to her career; the abusive relationship which led to a breakdown... It reads like an episode of the TV series, Black Mirror, in which every word and sentence is perfectly chosen for maximum impact.Claire North is a master storyteller who, in my opinion, is not promoted anywhere near enough for her talent with the written word. If you haven't yet read any of her work, start with this as a short introduction, then follow up with one of her excellent novels (I'd suggest The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, or The Pursuit of William Abbey). Thanks to Orbit and Netgalley for the advance reader copy in return for my honest review. Sweet Harmony by will be released on .Reviewed by on . Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Amanda Kennedy / Book Blogger, Writer & Editor

Amanda is a lifelong learner and book lover who lives in the North of England with her family and several cats. She writes book reviews, literary news and bookish articles here on All My Pretty Books.

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