Monday, 19 September 2016

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

The Accident Season
The Accident Season is about Cara's family and every year towards the end of October, everyone in her family becomes accident prone. Despite trying to prevent these accidents, they seem injuries seem to follow them. They don't know why they happen and live their lives in perpetual fear. How can they break away from this?!

This book however doesn't deal with the accident season so much which can either be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. On one hand, the book is much more about familial dynamics than it is a fantasy/supernatural story. Moira Fowley Doyle does a really good job of juggling really heavy themes such as death, abuse and coming of age.

The central characters are all teenagers. I can't say I particularly like any of them which is normally a good sign because everyone has their flaws and it's what makes them humanised and feel real. Because of this, the book gave me much more YA/ contemporary vibes.

While I enjoyed this aspect about the book, I felt mislead because the premise is fantastic. And as soon as you start it's almost as if the accident season is just serving as a backdrop/side plot. The characters were developed, what's happening in their lives is developed but the season itself just wasn't handled imaginatively enough. I felt like I'd clocked on why it was happening about halfway through and the ending frankly fell a bit flat considering the author tries to create this build up. There are touches of fantasy/paranorma in the book but it needs more. I don't mind having multiple genres in a book but it felt like none of them were pushed far enough.

Rating: 3/5
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