Author E. T. Gunnarsson delivers a powerhouse of post-apocalyptic prose in this highly engrossing and cinematically styled novel.
As a huge fan of the genre myself, I am always looking for new twists and clever plays on the desolation and survival aspects of the genre, and I found this novel to be both innovative and surprising, whilst also keeping many of the popular themes and dilemmas that readers have come to expect.
The novel is as rich in its characterization as in its worldbuilding, delivering a story which develops over time and gives us generations of heroes and villains forged from a dire circumstance. For its edge-of-your-seat thrills, inviting character work, and deep conceptual realism, I would highly recommend Forgive Us to fans of dystopian worlds, suspenseful horror, and for survival fiction fans everywhere.
How do I even begin? I don't think a book has taken me quite on such an emotional and nail-biting journey in a while. I love the way the multiple timelines are woven together seamlessly.
The book brings so many questions to my mind about humanity, right and wrong, and living with future generations in mind.
I can't wait to discuss with other readers some of the 'what if's and 'what would you do's. I also can't wait to get more great content from the author!
The world-building was phenomenal in this brilliant and entertaining novel. The author gave readers exceptional characters that drove the story forward and allowed them to form a relationship with each of them.
What would you do if Earth became a wasteland? That was the question I asked myself as I read the story. E.T. Gunnarsson crafted a believable universe that was very easy to imagine.
The credit goes to the author and his narrative style. The author jumped between years with a convincing tone without giving readers whiplash. He added cohesiveness to the story that allowed readers to connect the different storylines and understand what was happening in the grand scheme of things.
Forgive Us is an incredibly complex yet refreshing story!
E. T. Gunnarsson does a magnificent job with this novel. He does an amazing job of taking the reader to what it would quite probably be like if humans don't get their pollution in check. The characters are colorful and well formed.
Throughout the story you grow to love some only to end up hating them. He gives us times of satisfaction but not much joy until the end. It's a telling of three related stories and he keeps the going perfectly. the ending does a magnificent job of bringing it all together.
I really enjoyed the reading by Craig Bowles.
This is a great book, with 3 different time views of the same "event" as well as points of views.
It's a little choppy at first, but you get used to it and it comes together in a way that makes sense. The characters are well defined and engaging. I don't give spoilers, but highly recommend this book.
Well worth the read and to will want to read it again.
E.T. Gunnarsson skillfully introduces and builds up the concept of Forgive Us around three timelines, giving enough room for character development for several protagonists; Oliver, London, Rose, and Simon.
The well-paced plot is matched by an engaging narrative that chronologically alternates between the characters' perspectives until key events lead them to cross each others' paths. The protagonists' struggles and perseverance show the beauty and the ugly side of human grit. With a strong balance between descriptions and dialogue, the dark and nail-biting moments are convincing and heart-wrenching.
The ending serves not only as the conclusion to an excellent dystopian sci-fi story but as a reminder that ignorance and a greed-ruled world can certainly plunge the human race into an undesirable future.
Simply put, an excellent read.
This novel was recommended as a “you may enjoy,” and I did indeed!
The threads of this story cover different time periods locations. The author did a great job of building worlds and bringing the threads of each story together by the end.
I stayed up way too late reading this one last night, and will be no good at work today but it was worth it!