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The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan (46) #EarlyReview

It's November of 2020, and the world is freezing over. Each day colder than the last. There's snow in Israel, the Thames is overflowing, and an iceberg separated from the Fjords in Norway is expected to drift just off the coast of Scotland. As ice water melts into the Atlantic, frenzied London residents evacuate by the thousands for warmer temperatures down south. But not Dylan. Grieving and ready to build life anew, he heads north to bury his mother's and grandmother's ashes on the Scottish islands where they once lived. 

Hundreds of miles away, twelve-year-old Estella and her survivalist mother, Constance, scrape by in the snowy, mountainous Highlands, preparing for a record-breaking winter. Living out of a caravan, they spend their days digging through landfills, searching for anything with restorative and trading value. When Dylan arrives in their caravan park in the middle of the night, life changes course for Estella and Constance. Though the weather worsens, his presence brings a new light to daily life, and when the ultimate disaster finally strikes, they'll all be ready. 

Written in incandescent, dazzling prose, The Sunlight Pilgrims is a visionary story of courage and resilience in the midst of nature's most violent hour; by turns an homage to the portentous beauty of our natural world, and to just how strong we can be, if the will and the hope is there, to survive its worst.



  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hogarth (July 19, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2016
  • ASIN: B0174PRHGS

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AUTHOR BIO:
Jenni Fagan is a Scottish novelist and poet, her debut novel, The Panopticon, is published in the UK, US and Europe. She has just completed the first draft of her second novel The Sunlight Pilgrims. Her poetry collections are Urchin Belle and The Dead Queen of Bohemia. Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for various prizes including The Pushcart & The James Tait Black Prize. In 2013, Jenni was included on the once a decade Best of Young British Novelists under 40 by Granta magazine. She is currently Writer In Residence at Edinburgh University and lives in a coastal village with her toddler.

My review for Panopticon

REVIEW:
Not for me.

I am so sad that this book flopped for me. I really wanted to like it... I do love dystopian reads, but I felt so confused by most of it.
So much detail, and yet I often felt like the pieces went nowhere. I was waiting for the moment when I would be like, okay, wow, but it didn't come.  I was confused by Dylan and Constance more than anyone in the book and I thought it was supposed to be centered around Stella.
Was I not supposed to get it? Did I miss something?
I don't know.
Yup, this book just was not for me. But like so many other books that I didn't like and the rest of the world loved, don't knock it till you try it. 


1/5


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Comments

  1. It does sound like a good book, so I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it!

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  2. I like dystopian reads too, kind of bummed that it seemed so confusing etc., as it sounds really good from the synopsis!

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  3. So, it finally showed up at the library site, so I have reserved it so I can take a look. But, it will take a while, there's a waitlist for it.

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