Line by Niall Bourke

Welcome to my stop in the Line book tour! Thank you so much to RandomThingsTours for including me in this tour, and the publisher Tramp Press and the author Niall Bourke for my review copy. This in no way affects my opinion.


Title: Line
Author: Niall Bourke
Publisher: Tramp Press
Audience: Adult
Genre: Dystopian

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Willard, his mother and his girlfriend Nyla have spent their entire lives in an endless procession, where daily survival is dictated by the ultimate imperative: obey the rules, or lose your place in the Line. Everything changes the day Willard’s mother dies and he finds a book hidden among her few belongings.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Line as the blurb describes it like nothing I have ever read before. And while I enjoyed my time reading Line, I just wanted a little bit more from it.

When it comes to the characters, I liked what we got from them, but I would have loved to learn more about some of them, as some were more developed than others. I think Willard was a fascinating main character, and it was great to get an insight into his thoughts surrounding the line. I would have loved to know more about Nyla as while we got to see quite a bit of her, I don’t think we really got to know her.

I was really intrigued about the plot of Line, and while I liked it, some of it felt quite disconnected from each other. It felt as if it wasn’t going anywhere for a long time, and when it started to move, it was all over very quickly. I would have loved for the book to have been a little longer as I feel there was quite a bit that Niall Bourke could have explored, especially when it comes to the ending. I also wasn’t a massive fan of the breaks in the plot, as I felt that it pulled me out of the story; this is mainly down to the fact that they occurred quite abruptly and in the middle of an important plot point, so I would have much rather that they occurred a little later than they did.

I have to admit that I am a reader who very much likes answers to the questions that I have, and while we got a few, I would have loved to have got some more. I think there were quite a few things that could have been answered while still keeping the story’s mystery, especially towards the end of the book. I also feel like Line is a book that certainly the technical points are not meant to be understood entirely. I read them and embraced them but didn’t understand them the first time around, so I definitely think that Line could be a better book for rereading.

I am looking forward to seeing what Niall Bourke is going to write next, as it will be intriguing to see where he goes from Line. If you like speculative dystopian, I definitely suggest that you give Line a go.

About the author

Niall Bourke is a writer and a teacher. His work has been published widely in magazines and journals in Ireland and the UK, and his poems and stories have been short-listed for numerous awards, including the Costa Short Story Award and the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. He lives in South London with his partner, his daughter and his cat.

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