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The Keep by Jennifer Egan

I expected a darker, grown-up version of a fairytale from this book set in a gloomy castle in the forest, but actually got much more than that. The atmosphere drew me in, particularly towards the very tense end to part 2 and the two parallel stories in Europe and America kept me intrigued as I tried to work out their connection.

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The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall

Set in a post-apocalyptic England which is struggling to survive, there is no power, no food and the government has crumbled. Sister is searching for a better life and seeks out a community of women living self-sufficiently in the hills. This is her story.

This world is closer to our current reality than I care to think, and it had me spellbound. The story is fast paced and not your usual science fiction fare. Thought provoking, disturbing and enjoyably addictive.

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