Ben is a young painter from the crowded, turbulent city. For six months his fiancée Cara has been living on the remote island of Sanctuary Rock, the property of millionaire philanthropist Sir John Pemberley. Now she has decided to break off their engagement and stay there for good. Ben resolves to travel to the island to win Cara back. But the journey there is a harsh and challenging one, and when he does arrive, a terrible shock awaits him.
Reviewed on 3rd July 2022
Andrew Hunter Murray’s second novel explores a very different post-apocalyptic future to the first, but still one inspired by the damage caused to society and the planet by climate change and billionaires.
It’s the tale of one man’s quest to reconnect with his fiancée, but turns into much more of a discovery of what’s really going on in the world and it’s future.
I found the pace a bit slow going in places. And yet in others hard to keep across how much time was passing in the story. The attitudes of the main character felt like they changed on a pinhead, and I felt a bit alienated by the lack of focus.
Ultimately I’m not sure what to think. It’s a good idea, but didn’t really grip me enough in the detail.