Thank you to Steven and Hodder and Stoughton for the opportunity to be a part of the blog tour for Love and Other Human Errors and also for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
An unforgettable story about love in all its chaotic glory from the author of Last One At The Party
A book synopsis is fundamentally ridiculous. How can I possibly convey, in only 100 words, the events of the past year and their impact on my perfectly ordered existence?
It is insufficient space to accurately detail how I was blackmailed into demonstrating my flawless algorithm to find a soulmate, despite having no desire for one.
In my former life I avoided trivial human connections. I was alone, accomplished and brilliant.
Unfortunately, that solitary and driven woman no longer exists.
My name is Indiana Dylan and this is the extraordinary account of how I fell in love.
There: 100 words exactly.
Love and Other Human Errors is a wonderfully original, unpredictable story about love and what it is to be human.
The story begins in September and ends in January, followed with an update Eight Months Later. The story covers each month alongside some additional poignant events such as Christmas Day and New Years Day.
It is told through the first person perspective of three characters, Indiana, Lina and Jack. You gain a real insight into each character and their personalities are fiercely unique and distinguishable right from the start.
Indiana is immediately honest and straight to the point, characteristics that made me drawn to her straight away. She grows so much as a character as the novel progresses and I thoroughly enjoyed being alongside her for the journey.
Lina and Jack alongside Frank, Alan and Peggy are all brilliant and I loved each of them. They bring a lot, both to the story and to Indiana’s world. They’re all wonderfully likeable and create such a wonderful ‘cast’. The character’s histories are revealed slowly through the story and with each bit of information I loved them a little bit more. So exceptionally three-dimensional and brilliant.
The concept of TRU and the DataLet is fascinating. finding love through science is an interesting and unconventional idea which is thoroughly explored. Bethany Clift writes wonderfully and her attention to detail is incredible. The science focus and the mention of specific terminology had me learning from the outset. The in-depth descriptions of code and computers, combined with the brutal world of business and marketing is fascinating and I enjoyed it. I found myself learning little bits along the way and it was all very clever!
The reimagined London and other details accrued within the country’s state of affairs in 2030 was an interesting perspective. I enjoyed the faux history lessons and the imaginative, yet extremely realistic, detailing.
There are multiple topics and stereotypes which are broken within the novel and it’s timeframe which is extremely refreshing. The candidness and normalising of breastfeeding was something I enjoyed reading about as, personally, I have found it’s not often present in fiction outside of novels centred around new Mum’s.
Love and Other Human Errors is an emotional ride that’s worth taking. It’s creative, fascinating and a downright lovely read. It’s out now from Hodder and Stoughton. You can purchase a copy using the link below, and also help to support independent bookstores.
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Until next time,