The Book Eaters was on my most anticipated releases of 2022 and while it wasn’t quite what I expected, I really enjoyed the unusual ride. First, I’ll say that I did this one on audiobook and the narrator has a very distinct English accent, it took a bit of time to adjust to. The story itself was less about book eating, which was a really fun premise, and more about the survival of the species and the care of the aberrant mind eaters. The fantasy elements were really unique and I enjoyed immersing myself in them. The survival of the species bit was a little too Handmaid’s Tale for me but the rest was all really original.
Devon is a female book eater, which is quite rare. She has a daughter who is taken from her and vows with her next child to not allow tradition to define her life. But her son is different, he is a mind eater and must kill to satiate his hunger. She fights the patriarchy and the old ruling families and goes on the run to save him. They need a stock of a medication that allows him to eat books like her and a safe place to hide. We go with them as they search for safety and freedom.
The best part about this story is the world building, I really loved how it all came together. The characters grew on me with time, I think both Devon and Kai were a little self-centered and grating at first but in the end I was really rooting for them. I would love another story in this world! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
Thanks to Macmillian Audio via Netgalley for access to this novel. All opinions above are my own.
This is my favorite read of the summer. What’s your favorite read of the summer so far?