is a memoir spanning the first year of employment for an
English graduate who had no great expectations of obtaining a
job until a random encounter at a party led her to an agent
and a surprise offer of work from one of the most prestigious
literary agencies in America.
year marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1. This
has been the start of many commemorations across the world,
not the least of which will be next year's centenary of the
cover of my copy of Demons says it is ''social satire'', but
I didn't notice this until I'd finished the book. It didn't
seem all that satirical to me, more like a call for help and
a call to arms.
This follow-up by Hugh Howey to his Silo trilogy is every bit
as dystopian as its predecessor; a fast-paced, inventive
sci-fi novel set in a futuristic America where civilisation
has been buried deep beneath a barren desert (there are
distinct echoes of China Mieville throughout).