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Book Review: High-Rise by J G Ballard

Hey Guys!

Another week has been and gone and that means that it is once again time for a book review. today it is time for a book that is not my usual style at all, and that book is High-Rise by J G Ballard. Let’s do this!


I will openly admit that I brought this book on a complete whim after discovering that Tom Hiddleston narrated the audiobook. But, do you know what, I am incredibly glad that I did. I ended up listening to the entire audiobook in just one sitting! I couldn’t put it down.

I had a vague idea as to what this book was about going into it, but I didn’t know the details of it. and I am glad of that. ii feel like this is one of those books that packs a bigger punch the less that you know. within just a couple of chapters I was completely hooked. this is such a complex and dark story, that honestly, isn’t particularly unrealistic. This book holds within it a series of events that I can honestly picture happening today. This book truly explores human nature and the primitive instincts that drive us all. it shows what happens when people are isolated and society falls away. It was just brilliant to read. it really made me think about the world that we live in and what humanity is actually capable off.

I personal found the characters fascinating to watch. Their actions and motivations equal parts intrigued and repulsed me. Just watching their descent back into, essentially, animals, was just so interesting to witness. I’ve never before questioned what would happen if we all threw out our inhabitations and social norms/restraints. The giving in to off our darkest and most basic desires. It showed the dark side of humanity and I loved it. it was just fascinating to read and really kept my attention.

My only real complaint about this book and that is regarding the lack of outside involvement. This is the one thing that truly felt unrealistic. I know this book was set in the 70s but even then I find it impossible to believe that no outside forces would try to intervene. The people living there had families and friends and jobs outside of the tower, you cannot expect me to believe that not a single person (except one police car that didn’t even come into the building) would come by and check up on their loved ones. This is the only thing that disappointed me with this book. not only was it unrealistic but it could have been fascinating to see. Imagine how this suddenly dystopian society would react to outside forces. I just personally would have liked to see it.

But overall, I really, really enjoyed this book. it has been a long time since a book has held my attention so strongly. It is well worth a read.

star 4.54.5 out of 5

And there we go. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a go. have you read High-Rise? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon


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