Monday, 10 June 2019

Sea Of Glass by Rebecca Gransden

Sea Of Glass by Rebecca Gransden
Published in the UK by Cardboard Wall Empire in April 2019.

One of my 2019 New Release Challenge reads, one of my 2019 COYER Summer Challenge reads and my Book Of The Month for June 2019

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Amazon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Smoke fills the city air, choking the street, curling up and around the tower. Kattar Bassis hits the ground and crawls blindly through the chaos. A light shines out in the black, leading him to the entranceway of his building. So begins his ascent and search for the ever elusive EXIT.

I love Rebecca Gransden's writing so when I spotted Bernard Jan's Sea Of Glass review on Goodreads and realised I must have missed her newest publication, I rushed straight to Amazon to buy my copy. I read the whole story in a single afternoon and am now feeling completely steamrolled - and a little queasy! Gransden doesn't hold back in her vivid descriptions of maimed and rotting people so be warned if you are of a more squeamish disposition.

I admit I am not exactly sure what was going on throughout Sea Of Glass! We follow Kattar from the chaos of a city street in the aftermath of an explosion to the relative sanctuary of an office block foyer, the very building in which he works as a cleaner. Once inside though, Kattar comes to realise that he is even less safe than he was when being trampled in the street. Now he must navigate an increasingly surreal and horrific journey to find an EXIT. Usually I am irritated by insufficient explanations in a novel. I like to know the whys and wherefores. In Sea Of Glass however, I felt that not knowing any more than Kattar does suited the story perfectly. His bewildering spiral is brilliantly evoked so I could envisage the rooms and corridors in which he found himself, and the desperate state of the people he encountered. Gransden keeps her story moving at a breathless pace so, just as a reader, I could feel myself getting more tense and uncertain as each new revelation came hot on the heels of its predecessor.

I loved every moment of Sea Of Glass and highly recommend the read to fans of bizarro and unusual fiction. This story is quite different to anemogram and Rusticles, but I think it could well be Gransden's strongest work to date.

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  1. I don't do well with books where I don't know what is going on! It sounds like it didn't bother you though and I'm glad you liked it!

    1. This one is bizarre and chaotic, but a wonderfully compelling read!