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Famous Men Who Never Lived by K Chess

Famous Men Who Never Lived by K Chess

Many, many thanks to @tin_house for sending along a copy of this wildly unique, captivating read!!! 〰️

This is, without a doubt, the most unique story I have read in years. This story is compelling, relevant, absorbing, thought provoking and heart breaking in one short, quick read. 〰️

Synopsis: Wherever Hel looks, New York City is both reassuringly familiar and terribly wrong. As one of the thousands who fled the outbreak of nuclear war in an alternate United States—an alternate timeline—she finds herself living as a refugee in our own not-so-parallel New York. The slang and technology are foreign to her, the politics and art unrecognizable. While others, like her partner Vikram, attempt to assimilate, Hel refuses to reclaim her former career or create a new life. Instead, she obsessively rereads Vikram’s copy of The Pyronauts—a science fiction masterwork in her world that now only exists as a single flimsy paperback—and becomes determined to create a museum dedicated to preserving the remaining artifacts and memories of her vanished culture.

But the refugees are unwelcome and Hel’s efforts are met with either indifference or hostility. And when the only copy of The Pyronauts goes missing, Hel must decide how far she is willing to go to recover it and finally face her own anger, guilt, and grief over what she has truly lost. 〰️



I flew through this book - which came as somewhat of a surprise as I don't always find dystopian-type reads to be the stories that I devour so quickly. This book is a wonderful exception to that, if for no other reason than I found the idea of parallel universes that resulted in refugees from a parallel New York to land in our timeline too intriguing to set down for a second. 〰️

I am fascinated by the idea of parallel universes to begin with, and to have two of those universes intersect is (in my opinion) brilliant. Watching the refugees find so much familiar to them, and yet so much alien to them was interesting all on its own. The detail that K Chess put into creating two very independent, unique worlds while still pulling together threads of similarity should be applauded on its own merit - how she kept any of this straight is beyond me, but I would read 10 more books on this version of our world without stopping for a breath.〰️

K Chess also created characters who are fundamentally complex, flawed and broken humans, without taking away their hope and spirit. Seeing how they found their own ways to integrate into their new reality was difficult and inspiring and heartbreaking all at once. I loved these characters so much, and I was rooting for them from start to finish. 〰️

Throw in a little mystery of where Hel's copy of The Pyronauts went, and you have literally a very perfect read for me. I inhaled this book, and I truly with there was more to come from this world. Someone needs to option this book for movie rights STAT, because this would be something I would RUN to a theater to see. 〰️

This won't be a book for every reader, but this is 100% going to be one of my favorite books of the year, hands down. Give this one a shot readers, I don't think you will be disappointed. 〰️

This is out March 5th, so keep those eyes peeled! Happy Tuesday friends! 〰️

February TBR Gains

February TBR Gains

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley