on March 3, 2011 :
Y.K Greene's debut read, 'The Uncertainty of Death', is a cracking and witty re-imagination of the identity of death, and proves to be an extremely entertaining read.
The story centralises around the personification of death. Death is a prim and successful business woman who has established a global network of offices to take care of the departed souls and those who are yet to die. The plot takes an unusual turn when Death is personally called out to claim the soul of a man named Leo, who is scheduled to die but manages to survive the encounter. A similar case happens to a young woman called Jules, and at the same time Death undergoes a dramatic makeover in both personality and appearance, prompting a number of tangents to pop up and cause trouble all over the place, from a stoic god of the hunt seeking his death and an annoying disgruntled employee. The results are a very engaging and thought provoking book which prompts the reader to consider the representations of death in society.
I've only got slight complaints about this book, one would be that there are no chapters! The whole book is separated by little stars, which generally indicate an elapse in time or change of character view. While this sometimes happens, generally the piece just picks up the same place it left off. It's just a preference thing, but I'd like to see it implemented for the physical edition. Some of the main characters, Leo in particular, come across as a little vague and unhelpful, but by the end of the book they all seem to redeem themselves.
That's about it though - as a debut novel this was an excellent and compelling read, and Greene really manages to captivate the audience with its unique concept and occasional dry humour. The writing flows well, and I was actually disappointed how the ending wrapped up - seeing as we're looking at some sequels I wanted the problem to fester!
Green's 'The Uncertainty of Death' is recommended from me - interesting characters, well developed characters and an exceptional storyline. I'm looking forward to Book 2...and would gladly shovel out cash for a hard copy.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
on Feb. 11, 2011 :
I'm new to ebooks so I wasn't sure what to expect from them but I'm really glad I picked this book to be one of my first. I really enjoyed the story.
The way that Y.K. Greene portrayed the characters was very believable and fun. I had never thought about Death quite that way before and I found her really interesting. I was completely taken off guard by this new take on Death and found myself really liking the character. Somehow the author managed to make her seem vulnerable and empowering. Really awesome!
Now I'm left with only one complaint - that the second book in the series isn't out yet. There's a few things I still want to know and I'm sure that there's more in store for this unlikely group of friends. Hopefully the next book in the series will be as fun to read as this one! I can hardly wait.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Jan. 28, 2011 :
Looking for a book with an original storyline? Looking for a book that makes you think? Looking for a book that's a pleasure to read? Well look no further because this is it. One of the most enjoyable stories I've read, and I can't wait to read more.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)