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The Queue
The Queue | Basma Abdel Aziz
Set against the backdrop of a failed political uprising, The Queue is a chilling debut that evokes Orwellian dystopia, Kafkaesque surrealism, and a very real vision of life after the Arab Spring.In a surreal, but familiar, vision of modern day Egypt, a centralized authority known as the Gate has risen to power in the aftermath of the Disgraceful Events, a failed popular uprising. Citizens are required to obtain permission from the Gate in order to take care of even the most basic of their daily affairs, yet the Gate never opens, and the queue in front of it grows longer. Citizens from all walks of life mix and wait in the sun: a revolutionary journalist, a sheikh, a poor woman concerned for her daughters health, and even the brother of a security officer killed in clashes with protestors. Among them is Yehia, a man who was shot during the Events and is waiting for permission from the Gate to remove a bullet that remains lodged in his pelvis. Yehias health steadily declines, yet at every turn, officials refuse to assist him, actively denying the very existence of the bullet. Ultimately it is Tarek, the principled doctor tending to Yehias case, who must decide whether to follow protocol as he has always done, or to disobey the law and risk his career to operate on Yehia and save his life. Written with dark, subtle humor, The Queue describes the sinister nature of authoritarianism, and illuminates the way that absolute authority manipulates information, mobilizes others in service to it, and fails to uphold the rights of even those faithful to it.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Geeklet
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This was an interesting dystopian book. I‘m not sure if I‘d put it on a list with the greats of the genre but sometimes, you need the perspective that time allows to realize how well those books stand. I really enjoyed reading an Arabic take on the genre. I would recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a good depressing dystopian book.

Heatherfeather "a good depressing dystopian book" hahahaha 2mo
Geeklet @Heatherfeather Right? No one wants a happy dystopian book! 🤣 2mo
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Geeklet
The Queue | Basma Abdel Aziz

Starting book 4 for the Tome Infinity and Beyond round three readathon! The Queue is my pick for a read from Africa because the author is from Egypt. This has been a really fun readathon!

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Lindy
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Surreal satire, with dark—very dark—humour that left me in despair for the future of humanity. Individuals are sometimes altruistic & help each other but what can be done against the greater power of authoritarianism? Maybe the bleakness prompted me to rate this 4 stars on Goodreads last night but I realized today that I‘ll never forget it, so 5 stars it is.
#Translation by Elisabeth Jaquette. #Audiobook superbly narrated by Mark Bramhall.

batsy Wonderful review. This has been on my TBR for awhile but I've been reluctant—dystopias hit too close to home lately. 2mo
Lindy @batsy follow up: I decided to read another middle eastern setting, but this time I'm going with escapist fantasy: (edited) 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love the face on your audiobook walker sticker! And yes, dystopians are getting harder to read, some nonfiction for me too, I don‘t think we really realize how toxic the current environment really is to all of us. 2mo
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Lindy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I find myself struggling to maintain a satisfactory level of mental health while keeping my heart open and compassionate, and, at the same time, keeping up-to-date with current events. What I read definitely affects my mood, so it's unfortunate that I'm drawn to dark stories. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Lindy I completely understand! I feel like I need to stay on top of current events, and know what is going on...but yet it can be a real struggle with maintaining mental health....and some of my escapist readings don‘t seem to be as escapist anymore. 2mo
Lindy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 👯‍♀️ 2mo
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Lindy
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I finished The Queue at 9:30 last night, the 30th book I read in August. Looking back on these covers, I realize that I haven't reviewed them all yet on Litsy. Watch for a lot of activity from me because I will try to catch up today. #AugustReadingStats

MelissaSue81 Lol, I finished my last book (23) at 11:50pm or something last night. Just made it! Great month for you!! 2mo
Lindy @MelissaSue81 Feels good to get one in under the wire, right? 😁 2mo
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Lindy
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So I shut up and hold out a one-pound note, but he throws it on the ground, snatches back both pieces of bread, and shouts at me, 'We don't have any bread! And don't come back!”

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mreads
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Citizens #walklikeegyptians every day to queue in front of the Gate for permission for the most basic needs, the line grows longer but the gate never opens.
Great novel about the sinister nature of authoritarianism, illuminates the way that absolute authority manipulates information, mobilizes others in service to it, and fails to uphold the rights of even those faithful to it.

#wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Egyptian dystopian, sounds very intriguing. Have you read it? 5mo
Geeklet I just got this book last week. I‘m waiting for a readathon to read it. It sounds fascinating. 5mo
mreads @BarbaraBB @Geeklet I've read it, it's very good. The author background is interesting shes an Egyptian journalist and psychiatrist who treated torture victims at a center in Cairo, and continued that work even after the center was raided and closed by authorities. 5mo
batsy Great blurb and pick... I've had this on my TBR for far too long! 5mo
BarbaraBB Okay you‘ve sold it! #stacked 5mo
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lkurgs
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About halfway through the book written by the amazing Basma Abdel Aziz and I am really enjoying the story. It‘s a dystopian novel and reminds me of “1984”. It‘s also been a goal of mine to read more works by non-western authors. I welcome recommendations! #currentlyreading (recommended to me by @JeannieReads )

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TheBookAddict
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Mehso-so

What?!? Ok, this got a so-so because of the ending...it‘s a good story otherwise. Anyone who‘s read it help me out in understanding the ending, please!

Another book finished during the #24b42019.

#litsyAtoZ2018 #endofyearreadingcrunch #Q #abecedarianTBR #diverseauthors #diversebooks #femaleauthor

Even #TwinkyToles is confused. #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #readingbuddy #gingerbrat #mybrat #Tolesbrats

TheReadingMermaid Very nice! 10mo
Andrew65 Great! 👍😊 10mo
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TheBookAddict
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Forgot to post this last night. I‘m hoping to finish this book tonight. #readathon #24b42019 #endofyearreadingcrunch #LitsyAtoZ #Q #AbecedarianTBR #diversebooks #diverseauthors

Andrew65 Right on track for 24 hours 👍😊 10mo
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TheBookAddict
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morgan_lionheart
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Mehso-so

The concept was good, but the story rambled pointlessly.... This would have been better as a short story.

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Literaturenut
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Chilling and apropos in light of the current administration.
#SetInTheMiddleEast #MiddleEasternAuthor #GetReading2018 #18of36 #audiobook

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Kammbia1
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Thanks to @ReadingEnvy for recommending this one! I heard it on her podcast #79 and I found it interesting. I will admit that I have OD on dystopian fiction but it seems that The Queue comes at it from a different perspective like Station Eleven. I hope it is!

ReadingEnvy I think it has more similarities to Kafka than anything else...also hi! Thank you for listening. :) 1y
Kammbia1 @ReadingEnvy You are welcome. I was writing not that it is similar to Station Eleven but it comes at Dystopian Fiction from a different perspective. I have read a lot of dystopian fiction over the years and if there‘s a new angle or perspective then I‘m intrigued. 1y
TrishB What a cover 👍🏻 1y
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ReadingEnvy @Kammbia1 totally... And it's another one that feels very present day, as if dystopia is just one bad decision aay.. 1y
Kammbia1 @TrishB It is an interesting cover. 1y
Kammbia1 @ReadingEnvy I got my hold from the library here in San Antonio for this novel. I will start reading it tomorrow. 😊👍🏿 1y
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Read66
The Queue | Basma Abdel Aziz
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The writing here was a like a slow burn that snuck up on me - a powerful story about citizens learning to cope in a country that has become autocratic.

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ladyneverwhere
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#amreading The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz, loving the characters and the writing

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 1y
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roneea
The Queue | Basma Abdel Aziz

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2018/mar/01/translators-vanguard-lit... A great article about the worth of books in translation with some recommendations. Happy Friday!

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sarahjane1077
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Up next! Can‘t wait to get started on this one. I need a novel after such heavy reading (We Were 8 Years in Power.) #TBR #amreading #readwomen

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TheAnitaAlvarez
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There‘s another really cute shark in my tea today!

hermyknee 😍 2y
starlight97 And the mug... *___* 2y
Bertha_Mason I loved that book. I hope you enjoy it too. 2y
TheAnitaAlvarez @starlight97 the Little Prince is an institution in this household 2y
TheAnitaAlvarez @Bertha_Mason it reminds me of Kafka a little 2y
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TheAnitaAlvarez
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Look at the cute shark infusing my tea!

FlowerFairy 😍 2y
SandyW Cute and shark, two words I never thought to hear in the same sentence. 😂 2y
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kgriffith
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Mehso-so

I‘m glad this one was only ~6 hours, I really wanted to enjoy it but it fell short of my hopes by a long ways. The concept is good, there‘s an element of creativity I appreciate, but execution lacked anything to really engage me and the end felt less deliberate and more like a cop-out.

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kgriffith
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Struggling through the last minutes of this one, but at least I have delicious food and drinks?

Valink Wait, I never thought to put the everything seasoning on the cream cheese!! This is bringing it to the next level!! 2y
kgriffith @Valink So much better than when the stuff is all on the outside of the bagel and falls off everywhere! 2y
OceanStateM Everything Bagel! I recognized it even without the bottle there. 💚 2y
kgriffith @OceanStateM You did end up buying it last night, right?? 2y
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kgriffith
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I wish I had something I knew I‘d enjoy waiting in the wings; if I had, I‘d Nancy P this one. It‘s all character development which I usually love, but I need more about the world in order to feel the tension that should be building. The narrator isn‘t helping, he‘s basically just reading the book aloud. 😕

Lindy 😕 2y
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kgriffith
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Sadly finished the existing eps of The Penumbra Podcast today and needed something that wasn‘t too heavy or demanding of my attention. Cloud Library has been a giant fail for the most part since my library switched to it, but found a couple of titles today that may not suck. We shall see.

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Valeka
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Saturday afternoon coffee and a read.

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Valeka
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At home with a sick puppy. I read to her and she fell asleep.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope she feels better soon 🐶❤️ 2y
kspenmoll Hope she is better soon! 2y
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Valeka Thank you @kspenmoll ! 💖 2y
VeganCleopatra Oh no! I hope she feels better now. 2y
Valeka Thank you @VeganCleopatra! Matilda finally got over her tummy issues. 💖 2y
VeganCleopatra I'm glad to hear it! 2y
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Valeka
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Sounds eerily familiar...

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Valeka
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Working on my own writing and reading a little bit this Sunday afternoon. #bookriotreadharderchallenge #writerslife

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parasolofdoom
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1. Give me Doritos over Cheetos
2. The Queue (6 books down so far)
3. Solo parenting stir crazy kids while husband is at work
4. Speak every language
5. I'm only a high school graduate

@jesshowbooks

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parasolofdoom
The Queue | Basma Abdel Aziz
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A bureaucratic dystopia that wonderfully shows the effects of beating down the population by simply making the red tape impossible to unsnarl or cut through. It was chilling in it's realistic portrayal, not of uprising, but of a people that can't do anything but become numb to the government's ever closing fist.

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parasolofdoom
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It's a balmy 20 degrees so I'm having a quick drink in the garage with my Kindle 😂. I neeeeed my quiet space, the cold front was killing me.

britt_brooke 😆👏🏻🍻 2y
parasolofdoom @britt_brooke I have my space heater, I'm good 😂 2y
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parasolofdoom
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Starting this for my A entry in #LitsyAtoZ. Shaping up to be a good one! Image from https://arablit.org/2017/08/31/basma-abdel-aziz-on-writing-the-queue/

Notafraidofwords This one is nuts. 2y
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tstan
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In an unnamed, probably Egyptian city, people are told to line up outside the Gate whenever they need government paperwork done. But the Gate never opens. Meanwhile, the movements of certain citizens are tracked constantly, and people are disappearing, but no visible government officials, just edicts. This was very disturbing- those in the queue didn‘t consider protesting, or even leaving. Even more scary: the events in this could easily happen.

BarbaraBB Great review. You got me interested! 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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At one point this morning I was all "I'm going to go for a run today."

Plans change. ???‍♀️

Side note: baileys side eye. ???

Leelee.reads I woke up, looked at my clock, considered my original plans, and thought, "Nah..." It's a good day to sleep in! 2y
MicheleinPhilly Still hasn't forgiven you for that faux pizza. 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Leelee.reads Yes! We've been doing nothing but snoozing and reading and eating. 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Easy like Sunday morning.

😍🍳🍞😍

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Drove the 40 minutes home from the boyfriend's house this morning to realize that I left my house keys there and had to go back.

I earned this coffee. Just going to stay here awhile. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

Redwritinghood Definitely earned. Enjoy! 2y
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Giovannacb
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Day 2 of the #Riotgrams challenge ! Yellow star of yellow covers 🌞🌟

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prowlix
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Happy Easter Littens! Mine is starting early with coffee and hoping to finish this one! It's so weird but so wonderful 💗

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prowlix
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#bookishconfession - does anyone else see short author bios like this and then immediately want to know more about them? I may (hypothetically) accidentally Internet stalk because I think someone's really badass but feel creepy later!? Please say I'm not the only one? 😳

Laura317 @prowlix You're not alone at all! I do it on occasion when I fall in love with writer's work. I always want to know why they wrote what they did. 3y
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prowlix
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This has been on my tbr for almost a year after hearing about it on Bookriot and I'm finally starting it! Anything being called Orwellian is in my wheelhouse

#translation #Arabic

Notafraidofwords I read it. And it's a mind bending story. 3y
Alicia I remember hearing about this too! Sounds so good! 3y
prowlix @Notafraidofwords so far it's so weird but great! I can definitely see the Orwell comparisons 3y
prowlix @Alicia if you like dystopian with a creepy government, then you should definitely check it out! It's starting great 3y
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sherrynuts
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Babysitting the collator in the Print Shop instead of reading like I want to be, but it's almost lunch time!

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"Politics had eaten away at people's heads until they in turn had begun to devour one another." I just started this political fiction book based on life after the Arab Spring and it feels like it could be talking about life here in the United States as well.

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Heidsalot
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A picture of the ludicrousness that comes with totalitarianism. And I do mean ludicrousness. Be prepared.

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Heidsalot
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Really enjoying this dystopia from Egypt. Bonus: it's by a kick-ass lady! #recommendsday

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Heidsalot
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Watch out for those wily females who encourage people to think!!!

TrishB 😂😂 3y
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Heidsalot
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I have been dipping in and out of this one over the past couple of weeks (had library holds that came available, what's a gal to do?) and brought it upstairs for some pre-sleep reading. Apparently I just can't get enough dystopia today.....

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Eh. Relevant and interesting premise - dystopian stories of different people who queue in front of an authoritarian government building that never opens. The execution of the story, however, was vague and confusing. 😕

tpixie Hmm 😒 3y
Robothugs It's always so sad to me when a story has potential but the writing falls short. 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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I'm not sure I need a fictional dystopia right now but wanted to squeeze this one in before the end of the year. the author bio is intriguing to say the least!! #africa2016

TNbooklover66 I'll be interested to see what you think of this one. I thought it was very thought provoking. 3y
Notafraidofwords Shivers: there's this one part... 3y
ReadingEnvy @Notafraidofwords which part? I felt that way a few times!!! 3y
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Notafraidofwords @ReadingEnvy are you almost done or... I don't want to ruin it for you...but you would totally know the part 3y
Notafraidofwords @ReadingEnvy the moment where the woman gets taken and she doesn't come back the same person 3y
ReadingEnvy @Notafraidofwords I figured, the way she describes herself disappearing, not sure she exists, awful. And then it goes farther where she suddenly believes the propaganda. 3y
Notafraidofwords @ReadingEnvy omg please it's so horrible! 3y
ReadingEnvy @Notafraidofwords and seriously did anyone ever progress in that damn line?!?!! 3y
Notafraidofwords @ReadingEnvy no! Thank god it was a short book b/c everything felt the same in every page. 3y
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NerdyRev
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I read this on Christmas Eve and it is a strange little book that I may have to read again. A dystopian future where a Gate suddenly appears as does a secret type police. The Gate makes promises to those who wait, so people wait. The line grows, people live and die in the queue, and time just moves forward. There is more. Even though it is short, it is pretty dense as I kept drawing analogies and finding things. Good, but not for all.

ReadingEnvy I have this on my shelf! 3y
NerdyRev I got it from @TheBookAddict 3y
TheBookAddict @NerdyRev I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's definitely on my TBR! 3y
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NerdyRev
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Since I work on Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day morning, I am taking advantage of the Icelandic tradition (which desperately needs to be a US thing) of staying up all day to read this (until work time starts). It was in my #secretsanta package from @TheBookAddict Looking forward to the plunge.

Notafraidofwords I really enjoyed this one. 3y
ReadingEnvy I have this one out from the library and hope to read it soon. 3y
NerdyRev 3/4ths done and it is good. It is a bit strange, but I knew that going in. Very quick read too, just over 200 pgs. 3y
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