Monday, September 19, 2016

Rockets versus Gravity by Richard Scarsbrook- Book Review

I don't think I have read a book* quite like Rockets versus Gravity by Richard Scarsbrook, but it was such a fun ride that I would do it all over again.

Normally, I would give a small plot summary in this section, but the book is a bit different so I cannot do that. It does open with a story about Stan and Sheila. Stan has a habit of losing his wedding band; in fact he has lost it four times, although Sheila thinks it is only 3 times. Each band has the engraving "Forever More." Stan has lost the ring while working, in a poker game, and in a few other ways and Sheila yells at him each time.

From this point on, the book will follow all sorts of people and different objects will show up in each story, such as Stan's missing wedding rings. Background characters in one story will show up as a main character in another story. A book will show up on several people's coffee tables and we will hear a bit about the author of said book. Each story is a short story, but tied together with common elements from the previous short story. Some characters we will follow for  quite a bit of time and will get several of their stories, such as James Yeo, but others will stay a side character even though they may appear in other people's stories, such as Rhymin' Simon.

This was such a fun read for the reasons stated above. The stories all work with one another, even though they appear to be completely random. Actions taken in one narrative will change another person's story in a later chapter. The rings that Stan lose will have different meanings to different characters- to one it is a lucky ring and to another it is a bad luck ring. Each story weaves from one to another and it is fun putting them all together.

I will write in one review, someone mentioned this is a YA novel, and I will warn that it is not that at all. The cover is playful, but there is a lot of sex and a lot of swearing in this book as well as a few mature subjects. It is not a YA book at all.

I really enjoyed this one and gave it 4 stars.

Here is your Amazon link- Rockets versus Gravity by Richard Scarsbrook

*I want to thank NetGalley and Dundurn for the opportunity to read this book. I received it for free in exchange for an honest review.

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