Release Date: May 14, 2019
Guess I need to file this one under “you can’t love them all.” I feel bad for not liking this book, because it got so many five-star ratings on Goodreads. From the blurb and title, I was expecting DISAPPEARING EARTH to be a suspense/thriller, maybe somehow related to climate change? Not the case. (That last part about climate change was just my imagination.)
I was intrigued because the novel is set on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. I don’t know much about that area, and it sounds fascinating. The book begins with the kidnapping of two young girls, and if you’re only interested in the mystery of their disappearance, then just read the first and last chapter.
The in-between chapters are stand-alone short stories with new characters, and each story has some very loose connection to the kidnapping. For example, one story is about a girl whose best friend’s mother won’t let them go into the city alone anymore because stranger danger.
Overall, I thought the book was dull, and with such a huge cast in a fairly short book, the character development was lacking. Like I mentioned, most readers seemed to love DISAPPEARING EARTH, so please check out their reviews.
I do love the concept of taking a theme and weaving together a collection of related short stories. I read Alice Hoffman’s THE RED GARDEN and BLACKBIRD HOUSE a few years ago and really enjoyed them. — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪
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Wow. This book has been on my list for awhile and I thought it had something to do with climate change too. Hmmm.
I think I’ll take a pass on this one. This sounds like the kind of the book that would just frustrate me.
No climate change, that’s what I call a “false-hook”. Other than the setting which I’d be curious about, I’m just not sure. Sorry it wasn’t better for you Diana.
I’ve heard similar things from other bloggers about this one. It’s too bad it wasn’t a better read.
Bummer. This book sounds like it has potential. I’ll probably give it a miss.
That’s a shame it didn’t hit the mark, The setting does sound amazing.