My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve read a few books by Jinks that I’ve loved, and a couple I haven’t liked at all. Living Hell definitely is in the ‘love’ pile.
It started a little slowly, and I almost gave up at one point early on, but I’m glad I persevered. I don’t want to go into any plot details or I’ll give too much away. But the science, the imagination and the fast-paced action make this an incredible book that works on so many levels.
Some might enjoy Living Hell for it’s horror elements (there is plenty of gore and gunk) and its nail-biting action sequences. They work really well throughout the book, and Jinks ramps up the action right until the end. So it’s great as an action-thriller, but there is so much more to this novel.
At a deeper level, this book examines issues such as the creation of life, and what life is and how it exists. Jinks has put a lot of thought into all the scientific elements that are used in the novel, and the descriptions are fantastic. There is so much packed into this incredibly imaginative book, it’s difficult to cover it all in a brief review. But there really is something in Living Hell for all sorts of readers, from those who like horror and action to those who are into harder sci-fi.