Bone Gap review

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For the first time this December I got a Book Box subscription. I know, can you believe it took me so long? If you don’t know what they are, you pay a fee and each month you get a mystery book and various gifts. The one I choose was Book Box Club for a couple of reasons; firstly, it is a start up and I love supporting small start ups and second, the people who run it seem really nice, not to mention the cool video trailers they do and the fact they don’t seem to be so Harry Potter obsessed, not that that is necessary a bad thing of course.   The main reason though was they have chats with the author, which for me is super-helpful.

The box was awaiting us when we arrived back from Disneyland and I couldn’t wait to open it. I wasn’t disappointed. My mum did an unboxing video which you can find here. She did because she is far more extroverted and excitable than I am and she wanted to show parents what a great gift they are.

The book Bone Gap by Laura Ruby was a book and author I had never heard of and as I read the blurb on the book I can safely say this wasn’t a book I would have picked up off the shelf. Not because it looked bad, in fact the cover is awesome, but just because it was way outside by normal reading genre of modern romance or dystopian apoloypse – judge me if you will! And for me this is the real bonus of a book box; you are exposed to a book that you may have passed by because it is a side-step from your usual. Maybe someone needs to start a boy box club for that very reason too.

As soon as I started to read the book I fell in love with the writing. It was lyrical, intriguing and comforting in some way. As I read on I felt deeply connected somehow to the book, like I was being read a lullaby, drifting in and out of consciousness, peering into the dream world of another. There was less conversation than I was used to, not much plot signposting and for a lot of the book I had no idea what was happening, and I liked it. I like the fact I had entered a strange, illogical world where nothing made little sense. Then about a third of the way through it began to hit me; this is a modern day telling of the Greek Goddess Persephone. Then all the little nuggets I had read before began to make sense. Now I could be wrong, but that is my sense, being quite familiar with the story it is definitely in the Demeter-Persephone-Greek mythology area. That made me love it even more and I spent the rest of the book with the overriding feeling of how clever and cunning this re-telling really was.  I almost wanted this author to point this out for me and to wrap it up and have it all make true sense but she didn’t and that only made the mystery linger in my mind more. This wasn’t a book, it was an experience.  Laura is definitely an author I would read again and for me this book was a 5/5, mainly because I have never read anything like it before and it intrigued me so much.

I can’t wait to see what the next box has it store for me and thank you Libby and Kate for opening my mind a little.

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