Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Review: The Name on Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18213013-the-name-on-your-wrist?from_search=trueGoodreads Synopsis:
It's the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don't need to; your parents tell you when you're first learning how to say your name. It's drummed into you whilst you're taking your first stumbling steps. It's your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don't tell anyone the name on your wrist.

In Corin's world, your carpinomen - the name of your soul mate, marked indelibly on your wrist from the age of two or three - is everything. It's your most preciously guarded secret; a piece of knowledge that can give another person ultimate power over you. People spend years, even decades, searching for the one they're supposed to be with.

But what if you never find that person? Or you do, but you just don't love them? What if you fall for someone else - someone other than the name on your wrist?

And what if - like Corin - the last thing in the world you want is to be found?

The gripping debut novel from the winner of the inaugural Sony Young Movellist Award.

It’s a rare treasure when you find a book with such a unique concept that it captures your interest immediately and doesn’t let go. Until the conclusion that is… but I’ll get to that later.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: dystopias are hit or miss for me. I’m still making my mind up about this book in general, but I can’t doubt that the world was beautifully created. Everything that you needed was well explained, in order to look at its consequences for the characters. That’s also where this book is different from others – while dystopias like The Hunger Games and Divergent are written in trilogies allowing time for an oppressed protagonist to “change the world”, The Name on Your Wrist is a standalone where it’s only the main character’s outlook on her world which changes.

Corin is a cynic through and through, with good reason as we learn through the novel; the girl’s been through a lot! Her voice was fresh and interesting with plenty of character and hilarious witty comebacks (I’m one of those people who love to read them, even though I suck at retorts myself and only think of something clever hours after the conversation when my brain is hyperactive before going to sleep…)

She manages to raise questions that didn’t just reflect to her life but made me think about our world right now, and it’s one of those great reads that makes you question everything; even when you've turned the last page. Should humanity have a choice? The immediate answer is yes, but there’s always an exception and this book explores that.

The Name on Your Wrist had one downfall: the ending. It simply didn’t work for me. The revelation made sense, but in a way it still didn’t… Okay I’m not explaining clearly. It was like when you give your money at the checkout but the change doesn’t look enough so you hand it back, they double recount and everything’s there but you’re still not happy. Basically it fell short and for that it lost a star in my rating.

Overall though, a very enjoyable read that’s worth checking out for the enjoyment factor alone.
Favourite Quotes:
“No one’s perfect.
That was one philosophy I could definitely believe in.”

“A moment of spontaneous idiocy doesn’t equate to being stupid.”
“Just being an idiot.”

“It was one thing convincing the world something was true, but it was bad when I started to believe it in my bones. There was enough deception going on these days without adding my own mind to the list of those not to be trusted.”

“Humanity always has to hate someone. It gave them a purpose, I supposed, and made many feel like they were worth more. There are too many people for everyone to be satisfied with being equal.”

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