Book Review - The versions of Us by Laura Barnet

Sunday, February 07, 2016

1) About the book

The book starts in 1958 when two 19 year Oxford University students cross paths following a bicycle accident. The book looks at three different versions of what if's?

2) What did you like about the book?

I liked the idea of seeing the different possibilities bases on events at a fixed point in time. I also liked how the characters developed in each versions of events. How past experiences shaped their futures.

3) What did you dislike about the book?

I disliked how confusing it was. There were a large number of people and names to try and keep track of. I was continuously flicking back to the last chapter of the particular version I was reading to recap. I couldn't imagine reading this on a kindle. I think I would have had to keep notes.

4) Round up

This book was interesting, if not confusing. There are three versions of how an event turned out. it was billed as one day meets sliding doors. I'm not entirely sure I'd agree with this description. It certainly has elements of sliding doors to it but as there are 3 versions it was more confusing and as well a three versions it was told from two perspectives which made it like there was 6 versions.

As I was reading it I felt like it needed my full concentration and I was constantly referring back to precious chapters.

I also didn't totally guess what was going to to happen in each versions. I wasn't far off but some versions surprised me.
I also feel like I'd prefer to read this as three separate novella's rather than one stand alone novel.

5) Marks out of 5
3*

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