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3 out of 4 stars
Review by LivreAmour217
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Nothing Important Happened Today is a unique story that contrasts base human instinct against logic and rationality. As nuclear bombs plummet toward London, the general populace panics and reverts to animalistic survival tactics. While violence and theft are rampant, Jack remains calm and calculating. He thinks ahead, stays alert, and even tries to help people in need when he can. The irony of this situation is that Jack is medicated for a mental illness, yet throughout most of the book seems to be the only sane person left in the city. As someone with a background in psychology, I appreciated this non-stereotyped depiction of a mentally ill person.
However, Jack is not a saint. Although he stays calm, he wants to survive like everyone else. Throughout the book, Jack must use violence to defend himself or others, and often finds himself breaking the law to obtain needed items or to escape a bad situation. The line between right and wrong gets blurrier as the story progresses, and Jack questions his own morality on several occasions.
I enjoyed this story, but I must confess that the beginning was a little slow. However, the pace picked up after the announcement of nuclear war, and I found it difficult to put the book down thereafter because I had to know what was going to happen next. As Jack moved from one scrape to another, I was reminded of an episode of 24 (whose main character is coincidentally also named Jack!)
Despite the dark subject matter, the author infused this story with a good deal of humor. I found myself chuckling on more than one occasion at the numerous examples of Jack's dry wit. These lighter moments in the writing helped to diffuse some of the tension of reading about humanity's less endearing qualities.
My only true criticism of this book is that there were a few errors in the writing, many of which appeared to be simple typos. The author is clearly a talented writer, but those occasional mistakes did stand out a bit. However, they did not detract from my enjoyment of the story.
Nothing Important Happened Today is an engaging story, and I give it 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic or dystopian literature. Although this book technically takes place before doomsday, it's definitely in the same vein.
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kandscreeley wrote:I enjoy a good apocalyptic book. It sounds like once it gets going, it really keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is something I'll have to look into. Thanks for the review.
I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for reading my review!
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hsimone wrote:Another great review, LivreAmour217! I love Dystopian reads, and I really like that this one has people revert to their animalistic survival tactics. It sounds like Jack is a well-developed character, which is always a plus. Too bad about the amount of errors because it does sound like a read that I might enjoy.
Thank you, Hsimone! I always appreciate your feedback!
Cee-Jay Aurinko wrote:Ooh, martial arts fighters. This is definitely a book I would like to read. Jack sounds like a cool hero to meet. Good review writing.
Thank you! Yes, Jack is a very cool character!
kimmyschemy06 wrote:I like the book already. It sounds interesting and very engaging. Too bad, though, about the errors. Great job on the review.
Thank you! It is a very good book, and the errors are pretty minor overall.
bookowlie wrote:Great review! Dystopian books are not usually my thing, but you made this one sound really interesting. I like that you said the main character stays calm while everyone else falls apart, even though he has a mental illness.
Thank you, Bookowlie! Dystopian books aren't really my thing, either, but this one was really good!
anneloretrujillo wrote:I also have a background in psychology. I think I would really enjoyed the main character. Overall, this sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Great job on the review!
greenstripedgiraffe wrote:I love the idea behind this book. Sounds pretty thrilling, overall! Thanks for the review.
You're welcome! And thank you for reading it!