Publisher: HarperCollins, HarperFiction
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Publication Date: 6th July 2021
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“Mim’s husband is missing. No one knows where Ben is, but everyone wants to find him – especially The Department. And they should know, the all-seeing government body has fitted the entire population with a universal tracking chip to keep them ‘safe’.
But suddenly Ben can’t be tracked. And Mim is questioned, made to surrender her passport and threatened with the unthinkable – her two children being taken into care at the notorious BestLife.
Cornered, Mim risks everything to go on the run to find her husband – and a part of herself, long gone, that is brave enough to tackle the journey ahead.
From the stark backroads of the Australian outback to a terrifying sea voyage, Mim is forced to shuck off who she was – mother, daughter, wife, sister – and become the woman she needs to be to save her family and herself.”
My Thoughts & Review
The Mother Fault is set in Australia in the not so distant future, where the government control everything. All residents in Australia including children are microchipped and monitored every single day around the clock. In this book we follow Mim as she struggles to keep her kids safe while at the same time is searching for her husband, Ben, who went missing while away for work.
I thought this was well-written and well-paced. I found the story to be quite relatable, and at times it was scary, especially when it comes descriptions of what is possible in the near future. Now although I really enjoyed the story, I did feel like there were pieces of the story missing. I personally would have liked to know more details about Ben’s disappearance, as I felt we don’t really enough details in relation to why he disappeared. Also, the ending felt a little to rushed.
The characters were well developed and I really enjoyed following their stories. However, I can’t say that I could relate to any of them. Yes, I understand why Mim made some of the decisions she did, but at the same time I didn’t agree with some of the choices she made. Also, I found the children to be quite annoying especially Sam. Both children came across as quite spoilt but particularly Sam.
All in all, this was an enjoyable read and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a compelling dystopian.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers HarperCollins, HarperFiction for a copy of my eARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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