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Friday, October 19, 2012

Review: The City’s Son by Tom Pollock

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Title: The City’s Son (GoodReads)
Publisher: Flux

Source: NetGalley
Publication Date: 08 September 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0738734306
Format: ebook
Pages: 480

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Place(s) Traveled to: London, England


Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: I’m hunting. The sun sits low over Battersea, its rays streaking the brickwork like warpaint as I pad through the railway tunnels.


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Skyscraper Throne Series Order
Book 1: The City’s Son
Book 2: The Glass Republic (Fall 2013)
Book 3: Untitled (Fall 2014)

If I had just one word to describe Tom Polluck’s debut novel The City’s Son it would be weird. Because it was very weird and almost impossible to describe and have I mentioned that it was weird? There were light bulb people and trains that are like wraiths and go off their tracks. There are boys with skin like concrete and cranes that want to take over the city. It is a strange book set in a fabulous city and one that I just kept turning the pages on wanting to know what would happen. 

When I finished reading this book  was at a bit of a loss on how I would review it because I had such a hard time just trying to put my thoughts into words. But then I went to London and was able to meet up with Tom and discuss his book over tea. Thankfully he didn’t mind that I kept calling his book weird and that discussion made me think of the book in a whole new light. Instead of thinking of the how or the why of the light bulb people it became why not. Tom has this way of looking at ordinary things that make up our world and coming up with extraordinary reasons on their purpose. 

A train is a living thing and when your subway car stops for unexpected reasons doesn’t it seem more fun to think that its spirit decided to go on a little jaunt or the more logical and boring heavy traffic on the tracks reason. Personally, I like the trains as a living thing reason myself. When you think of the why of the various creatures in Tom’s story everything gets a whole new meaning and the story itself becomes a little deeper. 

One thing this book did do for me was to make me look at London a little differently during my trip there. Cranes were no longer just cranes hovering over the city. They were everywhere and they had this ominous air about them. There were also these metal men, archers and such, at the Tower of London and they just seemed like they might be characters that walked out of this book. 


At the end of the day, I still can’t fully explain The City’s Son. Its a book that I think that everyone needs to walk into and then come out with their own thoughts and opinions of it. I think its a story that will effect everyone differently. But I do think that you can’t finish this book and not look at the world a little differently after. Objects will take on new meanings and maybe just maybe Tom is onto something with his crazy creatures in his odd little story. I also know that I will be looking into the next book in this series just to see where things might go. And who knows, maybe after that book I’ll be able to explain this series a little bit better when someone asks. Until then, it was weird but not bad. It was well written and a solid debut. 


One Response to “Review: The City’s Son by Tom Pollock”

  1. Vivien

    This sounds interesting enough. Not anything spectacular. I love that it’s set in London. I really want more books set there!

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