Publication date: 4/14/2020 ~ Genre: Science fiction, fantasy
Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognizable world. A world where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly vines and seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, one of the dangerous shunned men will.
Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He knows the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture beyond the walls.
What he doesn’t know is – what happens when you aren’t given a choice?
The first in a gripping new trilogy, The Book of Koli charts the journey of one unforgettable young boy struggling to find his place in a chilling post-apocalyptic world. Perfect for readers of Station Eleven and Annihilation.
The premise of this book sounded intriguing and so imaginative when I first learned about it. It’s based around a futuristic world with scifi and fantastical elements. I’m happy to say this book absolutely did not disappoint. I sympathized with the protagonist, Koli, from the beginning and his struggle to shape his world.
The story is told as if a future Koli has sat down with you to tell you his tale. I felt a closeness with Koli’s character due to the writer’s choice of delivery. Koli’s speech is also a bit different, as one would assume language has been shaped through the ages and differences now exist. The speech did take a bit of getting used to but eventually just became a part of Koli’s charm.
Through events of Koli’s early years, the reader learns the inner workings of the village and environment beyond. Roughly half the book takes place within the walls of the village, which are very necessary as the plants beyond the walls are carnivorous.
I think the idea of plants that eat flesh intrigued me the most about this book. I mean, how would one even survive when plants wanted to eat you and trees can move to catch animals and people as they pass? The answer is very carefully.
We follow our protagonist Koli in his early teen years just as he’s getting ready to complete the “testing” to find out if he will be chosen to wield old world tech, which is viewed almost as magic in his village. Unfortunately, nepotism is rampant in Koli’s village and he’s hopeful but unsure if he even has a chance to “waken” a piece of tech. Koli unearths truths which lead him to take things into his own hands for better or worse.
Certain understandings are passed as truth throughout Koli’s village to allow those within the village to feel secure even in a dangerous world. However, once Koli is beyond the walls, he’s pushed to his limits to survive, makes alliances, and he eventually learns the reality of his situation. The reader watches Koli grow, become insightful, and develop into the hero of this story. I was elated when Koli didn’t shrink from what needed to be done but rose up to meet it. The book culminates with Koli and his friends, taking the first steps to begin Koli’s vision for a better world.
This was an entertaining story from beginning to end. I’m excited to see what happens to Koli and his friends as he attempts to ensure the future of humanity. Also, we only have to wait until September for the second book! Yay! Highly recommend!