The monster creature was really quite cute. Sort of. Destined to plunge the world into the depths of despair, you still had to feel a little sorry for it. At least that’s what Gary does. He loves the little beast.
It’s the tale of Pandora’s box, set in what feels like today’s Cornwall, except that it can’t be, because something very dreadful has happened to change the world as we know it. So, perhaps set in the future twenty years on?
Julie Hearn’s novel Wreckers features a future world where people have had to go back to basics. It’s not quite a dystopia, but there’s something wrong in the Kingdom of Britain. The world is on the verge of dying if people don’t ‘do something’.
Gary and his four best friends live in the isolated little village of Port Zannon, and they have been friends since potty training. Now Danzel has come up with an idea for Halloween and he and Gary and Dilly, Jenna and Maude end up doing something that might not have been such a good thing, when you think about it.
The past, with its tradition of wrecking, features heavily. What really happened that night in 1732? What did they see? And what happened next?
Julie uses a narrator, whose identity you can only guess at after a while, which means you can learn much more than would otherwise be possible. You also see what happens through the eyes of each of the five friends, which is a good move, or I at least would have disliked a couple of them, quite a lot. Learning someone’s thoughts you understand and learn to like and tolerate.
There is the most marvellous mix of things happening in Wreckers. You couldn’t guess where the plot is going, even if you can work out who or what the creature is. It’s a vaguely insane mix of the most unexpected developments. To begin with I thought it’d go very wrong, and then I started to hope it wouldn’t. I even thought that maybe there was a big… But there wasn’t.
This is friendship at its best, and it’s fascinating to see what unexpected effects kindness can have.
The adults are not your typical fictional adults, seeing as they’re neither dead nor old and stupid. The reader sees that they, too, are human.
It wouldn’t hurt if we all tried some of the lifestyle changes before they are absolutely necessary.
Wreckers is fun and exciting, and I’d had no idea Julie writes such good books. Could be why she’s been shortlisted for a few things, but I’m slow to try new writers some of the time, and to be honest, neither Pandora nor Cornwall struck me as very tempting topics.