Hi, I'm new to this website so I want to start small with the writing that I share because I'm not overly confident in some things that I write. So I know there aren't really any book reviews on this website but as I wanted to start small I want to share a review I wrote on a book called 'The End of Mr Y'.
'The End of Mr Y' by Scarlett Thomas displays how some people become so captivated in trying to achieve the impossible that they find themselves at an easily avoidable end if only they paid more attention to the other aspects of their lives.
Mr Y, a character in the novel, inadvertently casts his attention away from his work and family in pursuit of his dream to reach the 'troposphere', which he had previously experienced after receiving a tincture from a 'fairground doctor', giving him the ability to jump from one person's mind to another.
However, Scarlett Thomas wrote the novel in a more unique way, she decided to write her book from a young university student's perspective. The student (Ariel) is a fan of the author Thomas Lumas who, in the novel, is the apparent author of 'The End of Mr Y' (also the name of the book in the actual novel).
Now, in the novel, Lumas, the editor and the publisher all unexpectedly pass away, supposedly after reading the book. And thus, the rumour of the curse began to spread. Obviously the curse is the idea that whoever reads the book also passes away. However, Ariel has read the book and is perfectly fine. Although, she does hold the recipe for the tincture that Mr Y so desperately tried to get a hold of. And he eventually did. This drove Mr Y to further insanity and he put so much work into the 'troposphere' that he forgot everything else and starved to death.
So, what will happen to Ariel? Will she reach the troposphere or will she end up like Mr Y?
I would like to add that this book does contain some mature content so i wouldn't recommend it to young readers.