Title: Willem of the Tafel
Author: Hans M. Mirschi
Page Count/Review Word Count: 194
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
Wow, okay. So this is a post-apocalyptic thriller written in the here and now, with contemporary issues at stake – issues like race, and war, and religion. One big thing that jarred with me immediately is that there’s a character called ‘Paki‘, which seems incongruous with a book that basically reinforces the fact that racism and xenophobia are both ridiculous. But the author lives in Sweden and therefore presumably is (?) Swedish – a racist term from a working-class town in the middle of England might not have the same meaning.
Other than that, this was fricken amazing – one of my favourite books so far this year, and impressively well-written, too. Unlike a lot of dystopian fiction, it felt both natural and realistic, and to be honest, it’s impressive how many topics that Hirschi covers. And that characterisation – oh boy. Just stick past the first quarter, and you’ll be hooked, especially if you like dystopian stuff.