The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The Chimes by Anna SmaillRating: 2 / 5 stars
Format: Hardback
Published: 12th February 2015
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In a world where the past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is blasphony, all appears lost. But Simon Wythern, a young man who arrives in London seeking the truth about what really happened to his parents, discovers he has a gift that could change all of this forever.

This was a really strange book, its basically a dystopia though it doesn’t feel like a dystopia. In this world people have forgotten how to use written words so they communicate in music. This does mean that there are many musical terms in this book and I did spend a good while googling musical terms. It was an interesting book but I didn’t enjoy it. I feel that its one of those books you need to read more than once to understand fully. I also have to mention the cover which is really beautiful. Its one of the nicest book covers I have seen.

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*I received a copy of this book from Sceptre in exchange for an honest review.


19 Responses to “The Chimes by Anna Smaill”

  1. Melanie

    How do you think your reaction to this book would have changed had you already been versed in music, i.e. terms, etc? I am a musician myself so some of the elements that you mention about this book seem incredibly interesting to me.

    • bluchickenninja

      Its interesting, I’m not going to explain this very well but the entire way through the book instead of saying “he walked fast” or “he walked slow” it would say “he walked lento” or “he walked presto” which I learned after some googling are both types of music.

      Music plays a huge role in this book, the people are basically being controlled by music, but I definitely think that I didn’t enjoy it in part because I didn’t understand all the musical references.

      The author is also a musician so I don’t know if that makes the book more accurate music wise. But I imagine it would.

      • Melanie

        It sounds incredibly interesting and I think I will look into picking it up. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book. =)

        • Melanie

          I can understand that feeling, and I am glad you still reviewed it =)

  2. moonike

    Agree with you on the book cover. It is extraordinary beautiful. Also the premise of this dystopia-like world sounds interesting.

    • bluchickenninja

      It was an interesting world. Its weird, it almost reminded me of The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. They are both set in the same part of London.

  3. Danah Rae

    Huh, this is very interesting. I think I might like to read this. And I definitely think there is merit in your reviewing a book that you didn’t like!

    • bluchickenninja

      I know that the reasons why I didn’t like a book are the reasons why someone might like a book. I dunno. I had already written the review when I decided to give it 2 stars, there was really no point not posting it.


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