Monday, 7 June 2021

Clarissa by Karl Drinkwater

Clarissa (Lost Tales Of Solace Book 3) by Karl Drinkwater
Published in the UK by Organic Apocalypse on the 1st June 2021.

Included in my Vegan Bookshop

How I got this book:
Received for supporting the author's Kickstarter campaign

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you're reading this: HELP! I've been kidnapped.

Me and my big sister stayed together after our parents died. We weren't bothering anybody. But some mean government agents came anyway, and split us up.

Now I'm a prisoner on this space ship. The agents won't even say where we're going.

I hate them.

And things have started to get a bit weird. Nullspace is supposed to be empty, but when I look out of the skywindows I can see … something. Out there. And I think it wants to get in here. With us.

My name is Clarissa. I am ten years old.

And they will all be sorry when my big sister comes to rescue me.

Lost Tales of Solace are short side-stories set in the Lost Solace universe.

I leapt at the chance to support Karl Drinkwater's newest Lost Solace story on Kickstarter and am delighted to be able to say that I think Clarissa is now my favourite of the three Lost Tales of Solace companion novellas. It's not an easy task for an adult author to convincingly write from a child's point of view, but I felt Drinkwater captured Clarissa's personality perfectly. Having already read the brilliant full length novel Chasing Solace, which takes place later in this world's timeline, I was fascinated to effectively jump back to the beginning of that story here knowing, up to a point, what the outcome of Clarissa's abduction will be.

I can imagine that spending a significant amount of real-world time with Clarissa could be exhausting. She's smart and determined, and an outspoken chatterbox. However, as the protagonist of her own adventure, she's a wonderful character to travel with. I loved drawing conclusions to fill in the gaps around information that her ten-year-old mind doesn't have, and was thoroughly entertained by the way she views each of the adults around her. I really hope I get to meet up with Clarissa again!

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