Hello and welcome to the third of the #2014BloggerChallenge. This post is all about a book – a book that you have recently loved or loathed, or basically have had any kind of opinion on that you wanted to share!
The book that I want to review is my favourite book of 2013 – I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.
This is a proper meaty book, I’m not sure how many pages this book is because I read it on my kindle, but I’m pretty sure it’s like 700 pages, or about two inches in terms of size if that helps!
So this is a book of terrorism, espionage, murder, hatred, good versus bad and a global hunt for a guy who wants to pretty much destroy the western world.
To be honest it’s not my usual genre because I’m much more of an easy reading chick-lit kind of a girl, but this got great reviews on the radio two Simon Mayo book club (yes, I know I am a total geek for listening to Radio 2, but I’m in my 30’s now so I’m allowed to!). Anyway, I Am Pilgrim got great reviews and I thought…well I’m open to trying something new, maybe something a little bit more intellectually challenging than the typical fluff that I normally go for. So I downloaded this on my kindle and literally read it within the space of four days. I could not put my kindle down!
It’s just such an exciting book; it’s a complete page turner, I really couldn’t recommend it more.
I don’t wanna give away too much about what happens, but basically there’s a guy who was born in Saudi Arabia and has a bit of a traumatic childhood (so say it lightly), and puts the blame for the issues he has and his country has down to the influence of the USA. Because we’re introduced to him at such a young age, we can see how his extreme views and terrorist inclinations are created because of the culture that he comes from, his religion and his upbringing and experiences that he had as a child and young adult.
This guy dedicates his entire life to his one goal of bringing down the western world (in the name of his god) and it is literally a life’s work – everything he does goes towards this goal which includes becoming a doctor, travelling to different countries, going underground, joining armies, fighting in various wars… everything he does gets him closer to achieving this one particular goal and this one particular plan he’s working towards.
On the flip side you have an American agent who has been drafted in because he’s the best of the best and is the only one trusted to catch this guy. It’s really interesting how the book flips from chapter to chapter from the American agent to the terrorist, back to the American agent, back to the terrorist. I really like the way the book was written in this way – it’s a great way of building suspense and keeping you hooked for more.
The only bad thing I could say about I Am Pilgrim is how it makes you think about really how scary the world we live in is. And how easily terrorists could cause such colossal damage to so many innocent people. It really makes you appreciate the work that probably goes on behind the scenes we know nothing about.
I Am Pilgrim is a really clever thriller, guaranteed to keep you turning those pages long into the night.
Have you got any book recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below!