Zodiac by Sam Wilson @WombatSam @SarahHarwood_ @MichaelJBooks

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A society divided by the Zodiac.

A series of murders.

Every murder is a sign.

Bodies are being found.  Murder victims from totally different walks of life.

In a society divided according to Zodiac signs – where status is cast at birth and binding for life – it could be a misguided revolution…. or the work of a serial killer.

All eyes are on detective Jerome Burton  and astrological profiler Lindi Childs, as they work to solve the case.  But they are divided in their beliefs over whether the answer is written in the stars.

Together, they will unravel a dark tale of betrayal, lost love, broken promises and a devastating truth with the power to tear their world apart….

My review:

In Zodiac, Sam Wilson has created the most amazingly realistic and frightening world. It was scary to imagine a world were something like star signs could determine your whole life.  Especially if you are an Aries, like me, so would be one of the criminal underclass in this world.  The author does a great job in describing the world and the reader quickly gets immersed into it.  I liked that the author had even created unique words like ‘signist’, meaning someone who is prejudice against the lower signs.

There is a lot of unfairness throughout this book which, at times, made my blood boil.  Some of the inequality described towards the lower signs was astounding.  I couldn’t believe that there were laws that allowed the police to deal with out of control Aries whatever way they wanted without fear of repercussions.  It reminded me a bit of apartheid in South Africa where I believe the police had similar powers, although I’m not sure that’s what the author intended.

The book tackles a lot of interesting theories which have led to great debates between my family and friends.  Does your star sign determine your personality and would the same person turn out differently if they were given different opportunities or chances.  This is something that is touched upon a lot throughout the book, especially when one character discovers he’s a lower sign then he had thought.  He had grown up with a great education, childhood, lots of friends and had ended up with a great career which he wouldn’t have had his true sign been known.  It made me wonder if this is true in our world.

The story is told from two points of view.  The first is detective Burton, the lead detective in the murder investigation.  The second is Daniel Lapton, a business man looking for his missing daughter and for a way to make the world more equal for everyone.  I liked both characters and enjoyed reading both parts of the story.  They both go through a huge journey throughout the book as they discover more about themselves and the unfairness of the world they live in.  I found that I cared for them both and kept reading to find out what would happen next.  They way their two stories comes together was very exciting and unexpected.  It was one of those moments that made me sit up and read faster as I absorbed what was happening!

The murder investigation, although part of the book, isn’t always the main focus of the story.  Instead the story sometimes moves other ways, which gives the reader more insight into the characters and the world they inhabit.

There is a lot of astrology mentioned in the book which was very interesting to learn more about though some parts, I’ll admit, were a little complicated for me to follow.

The ending was brilliant! So action packed that I couldn’t put it down and read long into the night.  I don’t think I remember a better ending for a book, as most of the time the action tends to stop towards the end but this one was action packed right to the end.  There were a few characters that I would have like to have seen get their comeuppance but that might have made the ending too perfect.

This is Sam Wilson’s debut novel and I will definitely be reading more of his books.  In fact I believe there is a sequel planned set in the same world which I will look forward to! If you like action packed, dystopian novels you’ll love this book.  It might also suit people who like fantasy or science fiction as the author has really created a fascinating world.

Huge thanks to Sarah Harwood and Michael St Joseph publishers for my copy of this book. I absolutely loved it and its definitely one of my top books ever!

Rating: 5/5 stars

About the author:

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Sam Wilson, born in London and now residing in South African, has written, developed and directed a number of television programmes and documentaries.  In 2011, he was listed as one of the ‘Top 200 young South Africans’.  Zodiac is his debut novel.  You can follow him on Twitter: @WombatSam

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