Five brief thoughts on Klara and the Sun.
1️⃣ It’s an excellent read. My other four points will explain why.
2️⃣ The point of view: first person; Klara – the Artificial Friend. It’s matter-of-fact and, as such, feels more tragic. No, not tragic. That’s not quite right. Sparse, perhaps. So we are the ones doing the feeling.
3️⃣ The structure. It’s really simple and really effective. Carefully delineated. Some reviews bemoan the lack of chapters. I didn’t feel like that. Knowing each section was coming to an end helped build momentum and tension. I knew change was coming soon, but I didn’t know if that would be for the better or the worse. I needed to find out.
4️⃣ The characters. Nuanced. I thought certain characters would be the villains of the piece. They weren’t necessarily. It’s a tale of acceptance and faith.
5️⃣ It’s my kind of speculative fiction. Recognisable enough to be unsettling. An interesting mix of utopia and dystopia. Such is life.
It’s a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ read for me.
❔ Have you read it? Let me know what you thought.