Welcome To Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo
Source: library book club
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: January 7th 2017
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“Deep in the Niger Delta, officer Chike Ameobi deserts the army and sets out on the road to Lagos. He is soon joined by a wayward private, a naive militant, a vulnerable young woman and a runaway middle-class wife. The shared goals of this unlikely group: freedom and new life.
As they strive to find their places in the city, they become embroiled in a political scandal. Ahmed Bakare, editor of the failing Nigerian Journal, is determined to report the truth. Yet government minister Chief Sandayo will do anything to maintain his position. Trapped between the two, they are forced to make a life-changing decision.
Full of shimmering detail, Welcome to Lagos is a stunning portrayal of an extraordinary city, and of seven lives that intersect in a breathless story of courage and survival.”
My Thoughts & Review
Welcome to Lagos was our book clubs November read. After seeing the front cover and reading the synopsis on the back I was really excited to get started on it.
Before starting this book, I was expecting a story full of adventure and suspense, but instead I got a disappointing read that lacked depth. It started off really strong and the story felt very compelling but by the time I got half way everything started to go downhill. At this point I should have DNF-ed the book but I wanted to finish it so that I could take part in the discussion during our book club meeting.
I found the plot to be to slow and boring. For some unknown reason the plot just felt very unbelievable and felt like it was going nowhere. And the characters, oh my I couldn’t stand them. They felt really flat and underdeveloped and actually found them quite irritating to be honest, the relationship between each of the characters felt forced and disjointed.
Sadly, this book wasn’t for me, but looking back on it now I can see it had the potential to be a great if it was done right. Not a book that I would personally recommend but if you haven’t read this one and are planning to read it I do suggest you pick it up from the library.
I have given this book an extra rating for the front cover. It looks so
After, making myself finish the book, I was really gutted not to be able to make our book club meeting and that also means I’m unable to share what the other members thought about this book.
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