The Disappeared by Amy Lord
Unbound Publishing: 5/2/19
eBook review copy; 368 pages
The Disappeared by Amy Lord is a recommended dystopian novel set in a totalitarian state that controls books.
Clara saw her father when he disappeared. He was arrested based
on the books he loved and taught about. Now Clara is a teacher in this
changed Britain and she works as a literature professor. She convinces
her partner, Simon, a history professor, that they should teach a class
about history and about banned books. This happens. There are
consequences. Arrests. There is an underground rebellion. By the way,
Clara's mother married the Major who arrested her father, so a highly
placed enforcer of the Authorization Bureau is her step-father.
If you enjoy reading dystopians, The Disappeared will fit the
bill for one based on banned books. The point-of-views of Clara and the
Major are shared in alternating narratives. That said, although this is written in the vein of Fahrenheit 451 or 1984, it is not even remotely as good as either novel. Go to the originals for that experience. None
of the characters are especially well-developed. The dialogue is
stilted. The rise and hold over the public of the actual regime is not
explained. Several events were mentioned, but nothing firmly established
the background. Sorry, but Clara makes so many senseless
mistakes and slips that it makes it difficult to sympathize with her.
Why would she not expect to be watched considering who her stepfather
is? Why take notes?
This is an okay dystopian that will serve to
pass the time. It is not destined to be enshrined the halls of great
fore-thinking literature. This is a good choice for an airplane book or
vacation read. It'll pass the time but you won't cry if you lose it,
misplace it, or never finish it.
My review copy was courtesy of Unbound Publishing.