"An innovative concept that I feel has been well executed and makes for an interesting read."
‘The Friends of Allan Renner’ by Dave J Andrae is an intriguing concept. We follow the story of Allan Renner, not directly, but through his connection with a circle of his friends. I liked this as it brings the secondary characters into the foreground, while also revealing more and more about Allan in each chapter. Looking at the chapter headings, named after Allan’s friends, one name in particular does stand out, and without including any spoilers the progression of the philosophical conversations about the past and what technological advances and societal changes could mean for our future in each chapter seems to lead us gradually and naturally to the final chapter. With references throughout the story to a ‘fateful day in 2017’ the plot strolls on, creating intrigue as you try to work out what’s going to happen to Allan. There are elements of science fiction but I think that this book demonstrates most strongly the bonds made by and between people. We read about the human condition when we read about Allan Renner’s connections and interactions with his friends and family. An innovative concept that I feel has been well executed and makes for an interesting read.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
|Primary Genre||Literary Fiction|
Closing date: 14/12/2023
Closing date: 10/12/2023