Shell by Chris Gill: REVIEW



Book: Shell

Author: Chris Gill

Pages: 260

Read: December 29th, 2015

Rating: 3/5 Stars


Imagine a world where fresh air and natural light are distant memories. Where a claustrophobic city lies along the seabed, built to protect humanity from disaster. For the last decade, this is what Red has called home.

After the rebellious 19-year-old’s father mysteriously died when she was a child, she was heartbroken. Then, when her mother was accidentally left behind in the Old World, Red began to question President Ivan Spencer and his regime. Now she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to finally escape the bleakness of The Shell. But if she does, what will be left of the world outside?

Suspense-filled, shocking and impossible to put down, Shell is a rare pearl in today’s ocean of dystopian science fiction.

Are you ready to enter The Shell?


** I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review**

Plot: 3.5/5

Characters: 2.5/5

Writing: 3/5

This is a fantastic and unique debut. I predict a bright future in the writing world for Gill, this is only the beginning.

The most impressive aspect of this novel, especially for being a debut, is the uniqueness of it. These days it’s hard to write a book that is completely unique and is unlike another book of its genre, and seeing as this is a dystopian that’s impressive.

I was initially intrigued about the whole ‘world underwater’ thing, and that aspect made the book what it was. The ideas of the United Underworld, The Shell, Old World, etc. were so, again, unique, and interesting to read about.

The writing style in this novel was quite different, we often changed views between characters in the middle of a page (never first person though), and I quite liked that because it kept the books pace up and kept it intriguing. The descriptions like ‘young woman’, ‘the women’, etc. got annoying at times, because they were so repetitive, but that’s probably just my personal preference.

In terms of characters, I didn’t really care much for them, but I did care enough to appreciate their places within the novel. Red, our main girl, was ruthless and I admired that about her, she took pity where it was needed but also knew where enough was enough.

The only thing that may have been a bit of a downfall for this book is that I found myself getting bored throughout various parts of the novel, it just didn’t completely grip me. This could also be due to major christmas festivities and room renovations which left me with basically zero time to read throughout the past 2 weeks…uh

All in all, I’d recommend this book to those who enjoy a good dystopian, and also those willing to try a new kind-of novel that is both riveting and unique.
I wish all the best of luck to Chris Gill in the future!

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂


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