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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

Comments (26)

  1. dgkaye says:

    That’s quite a loaded review Olga with so many complex issues in one story. I may have to read just out of curiosity. Thank you. 🙂 xx

    1. Thanks, Debby. It is a complex book, and it has received great reviews, so it seems to speak to a lot of people. I think you’d find it fascinating. Enjoy the rest of the week!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks a always Olga. 🙂

  2. If the supervolcano erupts I’m not sure there’ll be anything left to build a romance on!
    Comprehensive review, Olga, thanks!

    1. Thanks, Jacquie. You know there’s always time and space for romance, no matter what happens! No, it is not truly a supervolcano, as Will, the main character’s son explains, and we all know, however huge the apocalypse in post-apocalyptic novels, somebody must be left to tell the tale, otherwise there wouldn’t be much of a story! There’s major destruction, though, and the world would change, for sure, if something like this happened (living in a city by the sea, I think I’d likely be toast, but hey…, thankfully it’s a novel). Have a great week!

  3. Thank you Olga.

    1. A great novel. Thanks, Rosie.

  4. I might have liked this idea a lot more if the author had been brave enough to leave out the romance, and concentrate on the other aspects. Many dystopian novels and films follow the same path, and feel the need for the ubiquitous ‘love interest’. Trying to cover so many ‘bases’ in one novel seems to me to be throwing too much into the mix. Thanks for your balanced review, Olga.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Personally, I’m not a big fan of including romance everywhere, but it seems to be an expectation. I guess, for many people life is not complete unless one is in a romantic relationship with somebody, and perhaps that is why it is included (a person is not considered to have truly healed unless they can allow somebody new in their lives). As I said, it is a very ambitious novel. Enjoy the rest of the week.

      1. Agreed, Olga. I guess I’ll never be “healed” in that case. But I know you are correct — that is what people think. It seems so odd to me that people are coming to accept people being gay or lesbian (as they should). Yet they can’t understand the idea of a person not needing or wanting a relationship. Particularly for women. A man being a “confirmed bachelor” has long been accepted — but never a woman. Sorry. I’m stepping down from my “Julia Sugarbaker” soapbox. 🙂

        1. Oh, I’m with you there. I remember studying classic westerns on my film course, and even there, whatever else the movie was about, there was the expectation that there would be some sort of romance. In my opinion it’s magical thinking and believing the stories, the other half and such… You’ve suddenly made me think of Herman Melville’s “The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids”. You are absolutely right. Don’t ever get off your soapbox.

  5. I think I read this review over at Rosie’s, Olga. This book sounds most intriguing.

    1. You’re right, Robbie. Rosie had an opening in her blog before I did here. It is a great read.

  6. Another thorough review, Olga. While the story sounds interesting, I’m afraid it might be a bit too much on the romance side for me.

    1. Thanks, Kevin. The romance doesn’t take up a lot of the novel, but I think you’re not alone on having such reservations. Enjoy a great weekend.

      1. Thanks, Olga. You too. 🙂

        1. 🙂

  7. Hi Olga. Thanks for this very helpful review.
    This time I agree with Pete. With the first novel I published (“Atonement, Tennessee”), so many people pushed me to add sex scenes to the story. Partly they wanted to read those scenes, but others pushed it as a marketing thing. Sex sells. I wrote one such scene for the novel. Yet it just wasn’t me. I deleted that scene and never looked back. Whether that was good or bad, I’ve no idea. (Judging by book sales, maybe I should add a few sex scenes to everything… [eye roll]) But it’s true to the kind of stories I want to write. Although… if HBO wants to pay me a ton of money to write some sex scenes, bring it on. LOL. 😈
    Hugs on the wing!

    1. I know what you mean. I feel the same. As a reader, they don’t do it for me, and I’d feel fake writing them just to try and see if they’d sell books. If I have to write something I don’t want to write, then it would become the same as any other job, and that is not the point of writing for me. I admire people who do it and do it well, but it’s not me. Have a fabulous weekend!

  8. inese says:

    I love reading your reviews, Olga. They are never spoilers, but they always give me all the information I need to know. Jean’s scientific background is the reason I want to read this book. Hope the romantic scenes are not there for marketing purposes only 🙂 I don’t mind some romance in literature, but only when it is organic to the story.
    Have a lovely Solstice weekend!

    1. Thanks, Inese. The scenes are relevant to the total experience of the main character, and I other reviewers don’t seem to have any issue with them. Thanks! Here there are big celebrations on the night of the 23rd (Nit de Sant Juan, St. John’s Eve), with fireworks and bonfires, so there’s plenty of noise and excitement. I hope your weekend is lovely as well.

      1. inese says:

        Oh it is so fun! I too celebrate the John’s night, and enjoy jumping over a bonfire :), but it is raining heavily today, and won’t stop I guess.

        1. How sad! It’s sunny here and it’s supposed to stay pretty good. ♥

          1. inese says:

            Enjoy! <3

          2. 😉

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