For the life of me i can’t remember where, but on someones blog i read that 2014 was the year of the female author. Whether or not that is an official thing or not is irrelevant. As it made me reflect on my reading preferences.
I took one look at my bookcases and of the 300 or so books there (at that time ) only 5 were by female authors.
Probably the main reason is at that time and to some extent still now, I had the perception that all female authors always have to ruin their stories by adding a love story to it and are too much about emotion and not about drama or action. Also the covers for the books are a big impact. Many female authors have what i term “lovey dovey” covers or covers with femonistic themes (pretty much Flowers)while i’m not 100% sure on how much say an author has on their cover. Doesn’t matter how good a story is if that cover looks too lovey or romancy i wont touch it as i’m scared it will just be filled with love stories. I am not interested in reading a love story, i like action,adventure, mystery i don’t want to hear or read about emotions and feelings
And i’m not saying those types of books aren’t good, i’m sure they are but they are just not my cup of tea.That being said i decided to break with my preconceptions and go looking for a female author who can write a great story and maybe just maybe she didn’t just fill her story with love.
so when browsing online or in a store, if is see or read a blurb of a book and find it interesting but then see its written by a female author i normally put it down, but no more so i headed out and decided to to break that preconception. which has led me to this book
The premise of this story fascinated me. People come back alive after dying. Now i know what your thinking here, oh wait that sounds like every zombie based story ever done but this one isn’t zombies. The longer they stay dead the less emotion and human characteristics they have. so when they come back they are given a number such as Wren 178 (her name is Wren and she was dead for 178 minutes) and a socially categorized by it. These Reboots as they call become sort of a security force protecting normal citizens from other reboots. Now granted this is a young adult novel but that to some extent doesn’t really matter.
The story was good i liked the characters but then the author had to go and throw in a love story in the mix. After awhile the love story became the main theme. After reading the book i searched out the authors site and she states quite plainly all her books will have love stories in them gah why didn’t i do my research first.
But either way on my quest for the non romance female author starts off well (but still technically a fail) Amy has created an amazing story here and due to the completionist side of me i will naturally buy the next books in this series as well but i wont be buying any of her other books
So while this book and to some extent the original blog i read has made me open my parameters for book selection i am now more keen to look out for more female authors surely there are some who don’t fill all their stories with love. My goal will be to find a female Science fiction, action or thriller writer who doesn’t weave a love story into it (not to say male authors don’t do this either) and not just an average writer. i want and i shall call her my elusive female writer.I want this writer to be in my top 5 favorites Authors and have a book in my top 10 books of all time