The Compulsive Reader: The 100th Post!

Monday, March 3, 2008

The 100th Post!

I thought I'd take a quick break from my studying long enough to celebrate the 100th post here on The Compulsive Reader with a review of a really spectacular book: The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson. This is one to put down on your To-Buy List for sure.

Sophie's life at her boarding school and great-aunt's home in 1938 Edinburgh is a satisfactory one. Never one for athletics or too much excitement, Sophie occupies her time studying, and plans to go to University, or become a trained assistant to the country's business leaders. But a frightening series of terrorist bombs soon disrupts her quiet life, and after a unsettling encounter with a medium at a séance, Sophie begins to unravel a deadly plot that will not only affect her future, but the fate of her schoolmates, family, Scotland, and even the rest of Europe.

What would have happened if things had transpired differently? This age-old question is answered in this chilling and fast-paced novel that weaves a tale of what might have happened had one day in 1815 turned out differently. Set in a world that is at the same time technologically advanced and backward, The Explosionist is a thrilling journey full of mystery and suspense, with a careful balance of politics, science, and supernatural intrigue. Though the story starts off slightly confusing, Davidson's characters are perfectly crafted and her plot cleverly constructed, resulting in a haunting, tremendous novel that will attract readers of all ages.

This book will be released from HarperTeen on July 1st, 2008.

The cover picture is borrowed from Jenny Davidson's site, where she runs a very interesting blog. Be sure to check her out!
Thanks for sticking with me for so long, guys. I have to say, I am quite surprised by it, but by no means complaining! Check back later for more, and for the unveiling of March's Book of the Month on Thursday.


Jenny Davidson said...

I'm delighted you liked the book--and I can also say that this is the first actual review, so I'm particularly excited to see it! Many thanks...

Chelsea said...

Yay! 100 posts! You go, girl.

I added this to the tippy top of my "Not Yet Released" booklist. I'll have to get it as soon as it comes out. :)

Rachael Stein said...

omg, i totally want to read this book since i saw it online somewhere, dont remember where. argh! i want it!!!

Anonymous said...

Woo 100 posts! That's fabulous!! :)

I just added Jenny's book to my book calendar, and maybe I'll see if I can score an ARC sometime in the future. Great review!

Does Jenny have a myspace? or just the blog?

The Compulsive Reader said...

I'm actually not sure...I just know of her blog!

Erica said...

That was a really good book! I managed to get my hands on an ARC of it.