Review : The Chimes by Anna Smaill 

The Chimes is set in a reimagined London, in a world where people cannot form new memories, and the written word has been forbidden and destroyed.
In the absence of both memory and writing is music.
In a world where the past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is blasphony, all appears lost. But Simon Wythern, a young man who arrives in London seeking the truth about what really happened to his parents, discovers he has a gift that could change all of this forever.

A stunning literary debut by poet and violinist Anna Smaill, The Chimes is a startlingly original work that combines beautiful, inventive prose with incredible imagination.  (From: Goodreads)

Title: The Chimes 

Author: Anna Smaill 

Genres: fiction, sci-fi, dystopian

Publisher: Sceptre (UK), 2015

Edition: paperback, 289 pages 

⭐⭐ chiming stars!!!

I’ve been standing here forever.

This book was a cover-buy.  I saw the cover and I just had to buy it.  Gaaaaah!  

Things I Liked About It 

– the writing 

The author used a lot of music term in the sentences such as lento and presto.  I think that was a pretty brilliant idea considering this story was about music.

– the world

It was a musical world!  I loved music.  However 👇

Things I Disliked About It 

– the story 

To me, the whole was just so complicated.  I couldn’t quite get the main concept of this book.  Even after I finished it, I was still in a blur.


You should pick up this book if you 

– love music (prepare yourself that it’s more of a classical style)

You should stay away from it if you

– don’t want to read a book with confusing ideas 


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