Lately, I have really be interested in novels with a science fiction/dystopian type of spin, so, when I read the back of Foe, the newest release by Iain Reid, I decided to dive in immediately. Luckily for me, Chelsea, from The Suspense Is Thrilling Me, was reading this one too!
The novel opens with the introduction of Junior and Hen, a quiet married couple, who are thrown for a loop when Junior is approached by a man who tells him he has been randomly selected to travel to space.
I had read this author’s previous novel was, truth be told, I wasn’t a huge fan. I found the plot to be little bit confusing but, at the same time, I was unable to put it down. Reid has a timeless effect to his writing and it reminds me of William Faulker or Flannery O’Conner; it reminds me of the classic gothic authors that I teach my classes. His voice is strong and distinct and, regardless of how confusing I find some of the plot to be in his work, I really do find myself unable to put it down.
Worth the read? I think so. Especially if you are looking for a straightforward type of read. It is written beautifully.