Book Review: MEDUSA by Tony Talbot


Lissa Two is a thief of the ocean cities, struggling to make enough money to clear her debts and take care of her traumatised sister, scratching a meagre living as best she can. So she has enough worries without her life getting more complicated…but when a boy named Hattan literally falls from the sky, she can’t just let him drown. It’s a decision she comes to regret, a decision that will change not only her life, but the lives of everyone she loves. If they survive..

It was the cover of this book that initially drew me in. The blurb is short and enticing but it doesn’t reveal much. There was really no way to know what to expect from Medusa without reading it.

I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline, because I think that mysterious allure really works in its favour. But I will say it follows the story of Lissa Two, a young woman struggling to keep her sister safe in a post-apocalyptic world fraught with danger.

Lissa is brave, resourceful and willing to fight for what she believes in. She’s a really strong character, and while she’s completely in control of surroundings, there is also an element of vulnerability to her. She keeps you on side at all times, and when the challenges hit, you definitely go along for the ride.

This story has everything a good book deserves. The storyline is original, the pacing works really well, and there are also lots of subplots to keep you engaged as you follow the characters. There are some unexpected twists and turns, betrayal, redemption and just a tiny hint of romance.

There is plenty of action but it’s well balanced by the detail of the characters, and the depth of the world they live in. I certainly have to give extra points to Tony for such a richly imagined setting. It stands to reason that in a time so far removed from our own, everything would be different, and he didn’t spare any of the finer points. There is added technology, different illnesses, even the language has evolved. It can be really tricky to do, but he took on the challenge and made it work.

If I was going to make any complaints about this book, it would be that the terminology was a little overwhelming at first. But given the difficulty in using alternative language, I don’t think there is any way to avoid it. Although initially a little confusing, it doesn’t take long before everything fits into place. And I think the book wouldn’t be the same without it, because it does, after all, make the world complete.

Finally the writing style suits the mood of the book just right. The words flow really well, and it makes for easy reading. At the same time, I feel there is a dark undertone to Tony’s writing, a sense of creepiness, that isn’t thrown in your face but subtly weaved into the background. It helps build tension and leaves you with a feeling of something sinister on the way. Which is perfect for the post-apocalyptic genre.

Overall, an enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend to sci-fi fans. 5/5 Stars!


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