I am very honoured to give my review for Sarah Tyley’s debut novel, Spaghetti Head, as part of the official blog tour!
Journalist Nell Greene is intelligent, beautiful and quirky – but a failure at relationships, thanks to her untrusting and disruptive inner voice. She has received The Award, and refusing to help repopulate the earth can seriously complicate your life: it is time for Nell to change.
In a world where greed, war, and an environmental disaster have massively reduced the population, survivors have introduced a new system of governance – led by women but delivered by robots, and designed to promote peace and remove opportunities for abuse of power. Or at least that was the intention…
Will Nell overcome the challenges of life in a post-apocalyptic world to find happiness, or will the System win?
Spaghetti Head is Sarah Tyley’s debut novel that addresses issues of modern womanhood, environmental devastation and the impact of technological advances on our freedom, relationships and mental health
I am always intrigued when a book has a plot that, to me, would seem impossible to pull off. I think that sometimes dystopian/ Post-apocalyptic novels have no limits as to the events that occur, however, I still think it has to be believable. For me, this novel hit the nail on the head. Sure, it sounds bizarre, but to be honest, it was more exciting and interesting than anything else! How Tyley captured the overall atmosphere of a society in the midst of political war was admirable, as it is clear a lot of work has gone into creating an astonishing read.
I may have got ahead of myself, but I am just so excited to talk about this book! The idea of a post-modern novel tackling mental health is wonderful, but the fact that its not just been written for ‘the sake of it’, and instead, is a passionate and delicate, yet truly heart tugging way of conveying mental health and its impact, is what the world deserves, which is what Tyley has written.
I thought that the ‘system’ was incredibly medieval, basically exploiting people for their gender and their ability to conceive/recreate. However, the themes this book challenge patriarchal society and enforces a feminist narrative that I thought was utterly amazing. The characters were ‘real’, as in they were perfectly crafted to embody the underlying metaphor of the novel. I feel as if these characters will stay with me for a long time (even the not so nice ones, as they all represent certain areas of the plot, and real life).
Photo of Sarah Tyley, supplied by Anne Carter
I don’t want to spoil the plot so I won’t say anymore, but if youre a fan of a little know author called Margaret Atwood 😉 author of Oryx and Crake, or Mary Shelley, for her novel, The Last Man, or even P. D. James for the novel, The Children of Men, then this book is for you! An adventurous and brutally brave novel exploring mental health in a post-modern dystopian landscape.
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I want to say a HUGE thank you to Sarah Tyley for my copy of Spaghetti Head, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more if your work! I also can’t thank you enough for letting me kick off the tour! And a GREAT BIG thank you to Anne Carter, for her wonderful blogging services, friendliness, and for sorting out this amazing tour from a great author!
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Happy reading! Lx