Plot: ” The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants whom transform the surface animals into high-functioning bipedal beings who rise up to kill their masters. Former house cat turned war hero, Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions. But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for his friend, Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony.”
Review: If I could sum up this book with one word it would be, interesting. And a bit weird. I first saw this book at my local bookshop, and was drawn to it’s bright cover. I had totally forgot about it til I recently started using Scribd, and Mort(e) was one of the top picks. So I added it to my library and started listening to it. Side note, I will write a blog post about Scribd once I have been using it longer, but so far I love it.
When it came to the narrator for Mort(e), I thought that he was OK, not great, but not terrible either. The book is a bit slow going at first, but once Mort(e) transforms, it really kicks into gear. Honestly, I had a hard time focusing on my work and not being totally engrossed with the book. Looking back now, there were some things I enjoyed, and some parts of the story that I thought could have been better.
First, I liked the stories about the other animals lives before they transformed, for example Wawa the dog and Bonaparte the pig. The part about the animals being slaves and the humans being masters did get a bit repetitive. I will admit that I may have looked at at my dog a bit differently after reading this book. The overall idea that animals and ants working together to wipe out humanity was very original. However, I wish that the war between the humans and animals that occurs in the book was given more page time. I would have liked to have read more about the battles and global fighting. Earlier when I said that I would describe this book as weird, I wasn’t referring to the concept of animals and ants wiping out humans. No, the weird thing about this book is how it deals with religion.
That’s right; religion. This book is very heavy handed when it comes to religion and humanity’s belief in God. I don’t want to spoil the book by saying too much, but I totally did not see or really understand the author’s choice of making religion the real enemy in this book. I’m not a religious person by any means, but even I was scratching my head at the explanation about the animals and religion. I think the author could have really ran with this cool and interesting world that he created, but instead he decided to make some great theological debate, that I just didn’t get.
Recommendation: This book was meh, to me. It vaguely reminded me of Animal Farm, but way more grim and heavy handed with it’s ideas. If Mort(e) had been more of a likable character, then maybe I would have looked past some of the faults in this book. Also, I would not consider this science fiction, which is where I saw it at the book store. Overall, I would give it a pass.