J.K. Rowlings new book The Casual Vacancy came out at the start of the month (ehm I think!). You would have to live under a rock in outer space if you did not know who this lady is. Creator of the best series of all time (OF ALL TIME) There was definitely alot of enthusiam for this release, I ordered my copy back in April or something when pre-order became available.
Set in the rural town of Pagford (is this town real? I could ask google, but i'm sure someone out there has already googled and knows and can tell me) the story deals with small town politics, social politics, socialist idealisms and a thorough berating of the class system. Woah, hang your broomstick up Harry, your subtle messages of equality and friendship are not needed here- This is the modern day Animal Farm.
I found it quite hard to get in to, it's taken me just under three weeks to read (Harry Potter 7 took me less than a day) and I only really got heavily into the story in the last 150 pages, which I read tonight. It's weavering and full of characters, alot of which were very similar with clusters of the old elite all merging in to one another. This is surprising and dissapointing as J.K. Rowling created so many characters in the Harry Potter series and they were all so distinctive. There is 5 or 6 plot lines which all come together at the end in quite a traumatic sequence of events, however reading them side by side throughout the book, I found hard work.
I also strongly disliked the main character (I say main, he dies on the first page) is called Barry. Like... I don't feel that she put much thought into that one. I bet you all right now the main character of the next book will be called Larry, the nose is optional.
It is an incredible book though, one to test your working knowledge of society and see the dark underbelly created by the poor.The ending is spectacular, be prepared for alot of realisations of the book at this point that you may not have picked up on.
I'd reccommend it to anyone with an open mind and a wintery day to set aside to really take it in.
I bought my copy from Amazon, and here is a handy link, just incase you want to buy it too.