When one mentions the term ‘dystopian novel’ the chances are two books will come to your mind, ‘A Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley and ‘1984’ by George Orwell. You can now add a third one to this list: ‘AWOL’ By Mike Evans. The book was a real surprise to me, it is very well written and eloquent with an interesting and intense dynamic between the various characters. Throughout the novel, the author tackles deep topics such as the pressure to conform, education system, freedom, danger, courage, love, and friendship.
What stood out for me was that in a dystopian society where everything is controlled, intelligence and creativity are the ‘No 1 Public Enemy’. I also loved the fact that the few female characters portrayed in the book epitomized courage and leadership accompanied with a zest of ‘sensory delights’ and attractiveness. I was also moved by the library scene and Adam’s wonder at the beauty of seeing books for the first time. Amongst all the books, the one that captures his attention is the ‘Diary of Ann Frank.’ Not in the book, but my favourite quote from Ann Frank is: “How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Don’t ‘wait a single moment’ to read AWOL, it’s a great read!
I was truly pleased to receive another excellent review. Many thanks go to Joanne Reed, herself a top-selling author.