Today I am reviewing a wonderful book called The Unity Game by Leonora Meriel
WHAT IF THE EARTH YOU KNEW WAS JUST THE BEGINNING?
A New York banker is descending into madness.
A being from an advanced civilization is racing to stay alive.
A dead man must unlock the secrets of an unknown dimension to save his loved ones.
From the visions of Socrates in ancient Athens, to the birth of free will aboard a spaceship headed to Earth, The Unity Game tells a story of hope and redemption in a universe more ingenious and surprising than you ever thought possible.
Metaphysical thriller and interstellar mystery, this is a ‘complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel’ from an exciting and original new voice in fiction.
Official blurb for The Unity Game (taken from Goodreads)
I have read one of Meriel’s novels before, The Woman Behind the Waterfall, which was a whimsical fantasy book with a cast of interesting and unique characters. However, The Unity Game takes on another conscious altogether.
Cleverly taking lessons of the past and applying them to the future, Meriel weaves a scientific web of fiction for a story of reflection and hope.
The narrative is very much in Meriel’s style: beautiful, etherical, and poetic. However, the structure of the plot differs from different times and characters which gives the book a futuristic feel- moving forwards yet heading into the unknown. I thought this combination of language and plot structure gave the book a well-developed feel which in turn, reflected upon the characters. The character growth was incredibly admirable and I really connected with them in the early stages of the novel.
I also admired Meriel’s ability to merge genres together with such care that the story flowed effortlessly. Although this book seems like a straightforward sci-fi novel, its actually so much more. Weaving genres such as mystery and spiritual into the book really makes the reader invest in the novel.
The Unity Game takes a futuristic concept and bravely challenges the core of the novel, but redevelops it into a speculative display of literature. Meriel’s style is imaginative, poetic, and mystical. Definitely a writer to watch out for!
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Margaret Atwood’s speculative novels, in addition to those who enjoy sci-fi. That being said, I think that there is something in this book for everyone, and I would strongly encourage you to read it!
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Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!
Happy reading! Lx