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Metronome: The 'unputdownable' BBC Two Between the Covers Book Club Pick

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They are nearing the end of their 12-year sentence but supply drops stopped a few years ago and their 'Warden' no longer answers their radio messages. Things take an unexpected turn toward the end and the reader is left with a sense of both sorrow and hopeful joy. I enjoyed the story and was really intrigued with it although I would have liked a little more world building to tell me about the world outside the island.

She is new to social media, but still into music, and a keen photographer, into pre-loved stuff and mental wellbeing, she is proud to have recently become a Litro contributor.They are trapped by geography, and by an apparently poisoned environment: they each have to take a pill every eight hours that is only dispensed from a physical, unmovable, unfathomable structure in their crofting cottage. Stylish and thoughtful … The eerie claustrophobia of the setting will stay with the reader for a long while. The book moved between past and present to fill in some of the details about the main characters but I was still left wanting to know more. The character list is sparse but the two protagonists are so well realised and at times both oddly quite relatable, despite their extraordinary circumstances.

Writing consultant and ex publisher Andrew Wille champions a writing concept based on the use of elements, not only as physical external forces but tools that can equally be used to enhance writing itself. Taut, unsettling and so completely charged with both tension and emotion, I found myself captivated by Metronome . As both characters have lots of secrets that they keep to themselves throughout the novel and we don't ever really get to understand what they all are. Metronome is everything that I want from a book, this is most certainly going to be amongst my top books of this year. In brief, Aina and Whitney have been exiled to an unknown island from an unknown country, and are tethered to a machine which dispenses a pill every eight hours that ensures their survival.Most of the questions never got answered but I became so engrossed in their present that this didn’t matter. They've kept busy – Aina with her garden, her jigsaw, her music; Whitney with his sculptures and maps – but something is not right.

I have mixed feelings about the ending, but there’s no denying that this is a well-written and satisfying page-turner. The piano is central to the discovery of their 'crime' and their subsequent banishment to the island and it is a clever reminder of the time that ticks by between their eight hourly doses of medication. It’s all very The Handmaid’s tale although we never find out what the rules are exactly and why they are in place. The cultural references – Giacometti, Copenhagen, the Vikings – indicate a world that is recognisably ours, and a background of accelerating climate change suggests the narrative is taking place in the near future.Aina’s observation of how the house feels at one point is expertly written; “time passes differently now, with more people in the room. Wondering whether this is a hero story, how does one effectively define a hero – and can you be your own hero?

In every chapter, paragraph and sentence we are invited to ask how we feel, how Watson has made us feel. You never really learn anything about the outside society so you have to just imagine a future population controlled civilization also subject to the poisonous effects of climate change. In addition, environmental factors mean they must be issued with a tablet to counteract potential adverse medical effects, so that is dispensed, upon thumb scan of the recipient, three times a day. This was an easy and reasonably intriguing read, but ultimately a bit vague and bleak for me, and not distinguished enough at the level of the prose (e.

The author clearly has a great imagination for creating worlds not quite like our own, but scarily close to what could happen in real life. We are told that Aina and Whitney have been exiled to an island for having a child without their country’s legal permission. I wanted to know where this island was - I was thinking a remote Scottish island or maybe in Scandinavia. I love the idea that each book is numbered and limited, they're extra special because they're personalised with those sought-after signatures, and they are not on tip-in pages. They’ve kept busy – Aina with her garden, her jigsaw, her music; Whitney with his sculptures and maps – but something is not right.

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