Book Review: Moirae by Mehreen Ahmed

Moirae was an interesting read for me, thanks in part to the stream of consciousness style in which it is written. What this means is that the book runs in a ‘free flow’ with little in the way of punctuation and a focus instead of letting the story run its course in a natural way. While it can be said that this style of writing is divisive amongst readers, one thing that you often hear is that it will put you straight into the character’s heads, perhaps even more so than conventional styles. While how much this rings true will vary from person to person, I really do recommend that you give it a try. Once you find a natural rhythm, you’ll breeze through the book with relative ease.

Now, the story itself will take you to some uncomfortable places. While set on the fictional world of ‘Lost Winds’, the book takes you through some unfortunately familiar issues such as rape, oppression and political unrest. That is not to say that the book is without uplifting moments however. After all, even in the darkness, a light can still shine. Faith also features as a strong theme throughout the story, which will no doubt resonate. In particular, the familial conflict of MD converting to a religion that worships the same God as his family, but different is something that will be familiar to many on one level or another. While the situation is different, the sheer number of different Christian denominations always comes to mind for me when reading such things: all worshipping the same God but at times viewing others with disdain for a different interpretation of the same texts.

In summary, Moirae’s style and subject matter ensure that it is not an easy read, but it is a rewarding one. Find your way through the rich world that Mehreen has created, and you’ll be glad to have given the book a shot.

A free copy was supplied by the author in return for an honest review.

Final Score: 5 / 5

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