The Miracle Inspector
by Helen Smith (Goodreads Author)
A darkly comic literary novel set in the near future. England has been partitioned and London is an oppressive place where poetry has been forced underground, theatres and schools are shut, and women are not allowed to work outside the home. A young couple, Lucas and Angela, try to escape from London - with disastrous consequences.
Imagine a world where women no longer have rights and are forced to stay indoors, and music and everything that keeps the world peacefull and alive is taken away. This world was desolate and grey, and as a woman, my whole being cried out against the mistreatment that women had suffered.
The miracle inspector wasnt good, and it wasnt bad. Its one of those.... coming to age books. It had so much emotion, and so many real life things in it. It wasnt sheltered, or a sappy romance. And Lucas and Angela`s relationship wasnt picture perfect, either. There were problems, and Lucas was a typical male. Their relationship is strained, and in this world, it was all the harder.
I loved how Lucas, even though he always thought about other women ( I hated it when it was in his "POV"), was as sweet to his wife as we always want our significant others to be. Again, in a woman`s perspective.
The Miracle Inspector is full of interesting characters, and they do their part well. Even though it oblivous that there is not happy ending, its hard to put the book down because its like you have to know whats going to happen next. The beginning was a little dull- and a poor introduction into their world. I would have loved to know more about the future London- but it gets better as it goes. The ending made me want to scream, because its not what I though it would be.
As I said with the world, its true that its not very detailed. There are a few details here and there, but its like we are expected to know things that arent explained to us. It was very frustrating, but then again maybe Ms. Smith wanted it that way? I totally get it if she wants us to use our imagination and fill in the blanks.
One thing that got me, though, was the fact that there was a lot of "Adult Content". It wasnt as bad as if you sat down and read a Sherrilyn Kenyon book, or a J.R Ward book, for that fact. This book is for those who are older and more mature. There is thoughts of cheating, and mentions of sex and other things, mostly in the beginning of the book. Just be warned if you want to pick it up and read it.
But, all in all, it was a very good read. I hope, though, that nothing like that ever happens to us. Go women? Anywhooo.... Its definatly a must read. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars.