All The Lonely People- David Owen
- Title: All the Lonely People
- Author: David Owen
- Pages: 320
- Format: Paperback
- Publication: January 10th 2019 by Atom
- Rating – ★★★★★
Everyone tells Kat that her online personality – confident, funny, opinionated – isn’t her true self. Kat knows otherwise. The internet is her only way to cope with a bad day, chat with friends who get all her references, make someone laugh. But when she becomes the target of an alt-right trolling campaign, she feels she has no option but to Escape, Quit, Disappear.
This review is a few weeks late to be fair, thanks to Netgalley I got to read this a little early so I started it in towards the end of December and finished it at the start of January making it my first book of the year. I couldn’t ask for a better first read of the year really!
From the get-go I was hooked, the whole premise of All The Lonely People is so interesting and really well executed! All the Lonely People is a dual POV with two protagonists – Kat, a girl who is targeted by trolls on the internet resulting in not only the deletion of all her social media pages but also the deletion of herself. And Wesley, who has found himself involved with the trolls.
There’s also an array of different characters, the bad crowd Wesley has found himself involved with, there are the Lonely People and both the character’s families. All these different types of characters show you each side to Kat and Wesley and I found myself getting stressed on behalf of the characters as well as rooting for them (minus the bad crowd for obvious reasons) I especially love Kat who I want to protect at all costs although knowing her she wouldn’t need my help!
“The fade is loneliness made material”
There’s a level of magical realism which steers the story forward, although it’s not sweet and whimsical it’s harrowing and quite frankly terrifying with All the Lonely People highlighting misogyny and toxic masculinity both online and in real life and how it can blur between the two.
David Owen has a way of exploring topics that aren’t commonly seen in books, his second novel “The Fallen Children” which is based on The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham and focuses on four girls who all mysteriously fall pregnant during a night called the ‘Nightout’.
All the Lonely People is powerful and haunting and pulls you in from the first page but there’s also a sense of hope and of togetherness, with an f/f romance I can’t get enough of!
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