AUTHOR: N J CROSSKEY
PUBLISHER: LEGEND PRESS
Henry Morris is watching his wife slip away from him. In an ageist society, where euthanasia is encouraged as a patriotic act, dementia is no longer tolerated.
Kaitlyn, a young waitress, is desperate for the funds to keep her brother’s life support machine switched on.
When a chance encounter brings the two together, they embark on an unconventional business arrangement that will force them to confront their prejudices, as well as their deepest, darkest secrets.
I enjoy dystopian fiction and from the description of Overdrawn I expected a mildly dystopian novel. As I began to read, I realised this dystopia was not going to be mild yet the book never really gets there; it is alluded to but not expanded on, which for me, was a disappointment. However, disappointment in a story can often be overlooked if there is skill in the telling.
Now, normally if I do not enjoy a book, I can at least appreciate it and I am aware there are many others who will love it. I understand an author has given much of their time and honed their craft for the benefit of their readers and I respect this. But I am sorry to have to say I cannot find anything to appreciate in this book. The language is very simple, which, of course, is not always a bad thing but in this case, for me, it needed to be morecomplex to compensate for the tediously predictable plot. The insertion of backstories and explanations was awkward and clunky. The thoughts of characters, their personal wranglings and realisations were clumsy. Descriptions often felt like afterthoughts added to reach a word count. There is also some very uncomfortable grammar.
I felt Crosskey could have made more of the new society, the new rules and the wider impact. This book focuses on a very small group, really just two characters, their situations, their clumsily written thoughts and the slow dawning of their realities; painfully slow. The circumstances of the story could be the basis for a wonderful book but this story could have been set in any era or society and it feels like a waste of a good idea.
Having said all that, I am not sure who the intended audience is. The language and style are suited to young teen (though some of the subject matter may not be) so perhaps that audience it is not me…actually, it is definitely not me!
Thank you to NetGalley and Legend Press for the Advanced Reader Copy of the book, which I have voluntarily reviewed.