The End of Mr. Y
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ariel Manto is a PhD student studying Thomas Lumas and his works, so when she comes across a copy of his very rare text “The End of Mr Y”, she cannot resist buying it. Little does Ariel know that “The End of Mr Y” is a lot more autobiographical than anyone would ever think and that entering the elusive Troposphere is going to take her to places she would never dare to visit. The trouble is, the Troposphere is not just a place of safety, and Ariel must use everything she knows to try and protect herself and those around her.

I must say that I found this book quite hard going – most of the characters (including Ariel) are quite high maintenance and generally self centred and I didn’t really sympathise much with any of them. The story takes quite some time to get going as Ariel must find and read the book and complete the recipe before the Troposphere even comes into play, and even from then on it is still pretty slow going and confusing.

The idea behind the novel did spark my imagination but I didn’t really enjoy the way it was written. Not one that I could really recommend.

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