Author: Eliza Robertson
Pages: 240 pages (Paperback)
Genre: Historical, Contemporary- fiction
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
It is 1950, and nine-year-old Willa’s sheltered childhood is about to come to an end when her two new stepbrothers arrive at her family’s summer home in British Columbia. As Willa’s older sister pairs off with the older of these boys, Willa finds herself alone in the off-kilter company of the younger, Patrick. When, one afternoon, Patrick lures Willa into a dilapidated rowboat, Willa embarks upon an increasingly damaging relationship with Patrick, one that will forever reconfigure her understanding of herself and her place in a menacing, male-dominated world.
Demi-Gods traces the tumultuous years of Willa’s coming-of-age, as she is drawn further into Patrick’s wicked games. Though they see each other only a handful of times, each of their encounters is increasingly charged with sexuality and degradation. When Willa finally realizes the danger of her relationship with Patrick, she desperately tries to reverse their dynamic, with devastating results.
Daring, singular, and provocative, Demi-Gods explores a girl’s attempt to make a life of her own choosing in a world where woman’s independence is suspect, a world that threatens to claim a woman’s body as a mere object for men’s pleasure. A sensitive, playful, and entirely original evocation of the dualities within ourselves and our history, Eliza Robertson’s debut novel announces the arrival of one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary literature.
Demi – Gods, is a coming-of-age novel majorly set in the 50s and 60s. It is the debut novel of the author Eliza Robertson and it has a gorgeous cover. Precisely, these are the only two things I liked about the novel.
Demi – Gods is dark, disturbing and sexually charged, but not in a good way. Rather in kind of a gross and disgusting way. It seemed like the author tried too hard to make it a literary master piece.
I’m still not sure what/who the novel was about. It absolutely lacked a plot. It would have been fine if it was exactly what was intended but it seemed like Robertson tried to have one. You get it?
Was it about Willa? Or was it about her and Patrick’s relationship? Or was it about something else all together? Which ever it was, I guess it failed to establish it.
The development seemed forceful, the timeline jumps were super abrupt and I found the characters unrealistic. I had a hard time trying to get into the story and as well as getting through with it. The writing style too fell short.
I really expected to enjoy this novel as the blurb seemed to be exactly what I was in a mood for.
The novel had a lot of potential and that is why I’m really disappointed. Instead of introducing so many characters and messing it all together, the author should have focused more on Willa. Her character – the plot, should have been explored more. Much part of it felt incomplete.
My Verdict: This book was definitely not for me and I will not highly recommend it to anyone. But can be given a read with the cautionary warning: It is really a strange and disturbing novel.I will give a 2.5 – 3 stars.
My Rating: 3/5
‘Demi-Gods’available in e-book, hardcover, paperback and audio-book.