Drama · Fiction

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

What is it about?

In a dystopian world full of water there are two types of people; landlockers (the privileged few who live on land) and damplings (those who live at sea). Somewhere between the two are gracekeepers – the landlocker-born outcasts who act as undertakers for damplings, so named because they keep small birds called graces to track people’s grief. Callanish is a gracekeeper, content in her solitude because it keeps all of her secrets safe. North is a dampling who lives and works in a floating circus full of secrets and deceit, desperately trying to hide an impossible baby. After a chance meeting these two women will realise that the difference between sinking and swimming is not only their ability to keep secrets, but their ability to find each other.

Is it any good?

The Gracekeepers enchanted me from page one with its intriguing and original concept, and then kept me hooked throughout. It really does have it all; a great story line, a stunning writing style, complex characters, and many twists that are completely unpredictable. Logan writes with a confidence that captures the reader – from early on, you know this book is going somewhere and you want to follow it. The pictures Logan paints with her words are quite simply breathtaking. It’s a slow-moving story but that fits with the slow lapping of the ocean waves, and also gives the reader time to adjust to the dystopia. This delightfully unsettling novel is the perfect book for anyone who does not have a phobia of water (or clowns).

Rating: 10/10

How long did it take to read: four days

For fans of: Moulin Rouge!Exodus by Julie Bertagna, post-apocalypse lit, Stardust 

This book tastes like: spearmint gum

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