Days Like This by Alison Stewart
Book description –
She has to escape.
But who else is out there?
And can anyone survive days like this?
I want to go back to the days when life made sense. The days before our parents became strange; before the warming ate away at all the living things in the world; before The Committee and their Blacktroopers. Before the Wall.
Lily is a prisoner in her own home. Forced to stay inside by The Committee and guarded by their increasingly distant parents, Lily and her brother Daniel are beginning to ask why. Then, when Daniel disappears just before his seventeenth birthday, Lily knows she is next.
The world is not how it used to be…the weather is severe and in Sydney, Australia people are controlled and manipulated by The Committee. They are the ones that make the rules and defying them has dangerous consequences. Lily, her brother Daniel and sister Alice are confined to their home. Due to The Committee’s ruling – children do not step foot outside their home.
The Wall, built around the suburbs of Sydney Harbour, keeps out the people that The Committee deem as unsuitable, those that cannot afford the same priviliges as those inside the Wall.
Even though Lily and her siblings live in a home inside the confines of the Wall, their lives are anything but priviliged. They are never allowed outside, they have no friends and their parents are distant and uncaring.
When Daniel goes missing, Lily knows that her only hope in finding Daniel and giving Alice a better life is to go over the Wall and find help. But how will Lily get over the Wall? And once there will she find anyone to help her?
This is a really hard review for me to write. I thought that I would like this book, the description had me intrigued but alas I was disappointed. I just didn’t enjoy the story and was not eagerly turning the pages wanting to see what would happen next.
I think the reason for my lack of enthusiasm with regards to this book was the fact that I found the story both cruel and depressing. Horrible things kept happening to the characters – one after the other – and it was just too much for me.
Days Like This is a novel set in a very harsh world and I undertand that what happened to the charcters was the author’s way of showing just how cruel that world had become but as I said earlier, it was just too much for me. I found parts of the story really hard to read.
While I did like the main character Lily and I felt emapthy for her, I couldn’t really connect to her nor any of the other characters. I felt like I didn’t really know anything about them…I didn’t know who they were.
I wouldn’t say I hated the novel, that is too strong a word. I would say I was disappointed. When I review a book it is my personal opinion, so just because I didn’t enjoy the story doesn’t mean that you won’t. If this book interests you, do give it a go. You may like it, it just wasn’t for me.
*Thank you to Pengiun Publishers Australia for providing me with a copy of Days Like This to review.