Monday, 6 July 2009

Killing God by Kevin Brooks

From Amazon: Dawn Bundy is fifteen. She doesn’t fit in and she couldn’t care less. Dawn has other things on her mind. Her dad disappeared two years ago and it’s all God’s fault. When Dawn’s dad found God, it was the worst time ever. He thought he’d found the answer to everything. But that wasn’t the end of it...

Although Killing God has a somewhat strange title, the story isn't as controversial as it sounds. Religion isn't the focal point of the plot, and instead 'Killing God' refers to the solution that Dawn thinks will fix everything.

Dawn is one heck of a funny character. Her thoughts and ideas (dog's names - Jesus and Mary, after the band) are witty and individual, and I loved being in her head. The narrative flows easily and fast, and I think this is largely due to Dawn's voice and personality - I couldn't wait to see how her story concluded.

Killing God covers a lot of ground, and is by no means a light, fluffy novel. It deals with broken homes, alcoholism and abuse, and is exactly what you've come to expect from Kevin Brooks. His books are a joy to read, and he has a fantastic grasp on teen life, expertly writing as if he's still that age himself. He doesn't hold back, and never patronises his readers - he just tells it as it is. As it is might not always be happy and positive, but that never stops him from writing about important subjects that need to be addressed. He's a writer to watch, and I hope he continues to provide teenagers with realistic, gritty literature. Recommended.

10 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really love his books too. Lucas is my favourite; what's yours?

Kristen said...

Wow this sounds really good! I've never read any of his books - yet. I may have to check this one and some others of his out.

Chicklish said...

Thanks for a really interesting review. I couldn't wait to hear what you thought of it, and I'm pleased to hear it lived up to your expectations!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Great review. I've been wanting to read something by him for awhile now. I'm a bit behind on that front, but I LOVE realistic fiction and this one sounds great.

--Lauren

Thao said...

This sounds pretty good. Although the title can turn the readers off somehow.

Summer said...

cool I wanna read it

Kate said...

This sounds like a really good book. I haven't read anything by Kevin Brooks. Black Rabbit Summer is on my list to read. I should add this book to my list too.

Anonymous said...

are his other books as good as black rabbit summers and do they have more conclusive endings???

humhallelujah1 said...

i'm currently reading this book and i'm kind of finding it kind of stagnant, its kinda meh. BUT i love Kevin Brooks, Candy, Lucas, and Being kinda of consumed me for the time i spent with them.

Anonymous said...

I was so happy when this came out, can't wait to read it. I've been reading his books for awhile now, my favortie one is The Road of the Dead. Yay :] So Happy.