The Only City Left by Andy Goldman – Book Review

­­­­­­­­­­I was raised by Charles Dickens, entertained by Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), transfixed by Mary Shelley, warned by Ray Bradbury and terrified by Edgar Allen Poe.  Therefore, it’ll come as no surprise that most modern books, with their shimmering vampires, hairless werewolves, and intimate love stories hold no intrigue over me.

This book is NOT your everyday modern young adult read.

Conversely, it is brilliant in several levels.

It’s a witty, well-written, surprisingly quick read. I devoured the novel in a matter of days despite a hectic schedule. I found myself sleeping much later, pulling the covers over my head like a small child, seduced by Allin’s tale.

It’s extraordinarily relatable. Any child, teenager, or adult will take away something from this book. The trials Allin continuously faces are not common yet highly likely. Moreover, they challenge much more than his physical strength, but his mental stability as well.

It’s got cats. Large, intelligent, humanoid cats…but cats nonetheless. Do not fret – this does not take away from the story at all. The initial shock of their existence is processed by both the reader and the protagonist.

It’s realistic. This is a great science fiction novel that stays true to everyday conventions. Although many creatures do not exist in the real world, they are as realistic as the human protagonist. The cats are sly, intelligent, agile and quick, as per the nature of real cats. A group of underground mole people have large eyes and pale skin due to the darkness and feed mostly on the garbage that ends up in their village, Earth’s sewage, because…well, they’re underground sewage people. You get the point.

It’s detailed. It’s not like Dicken’s description of Bill Sikes’ door in Oliver Twist – wordy beyond comprehension leading to the reader’s exhaustion (although this review might be…). It is, however, detailed enough to accurately imagine everything occurring, which is often many things at once.

There is one fault I must touch upon – I read it as an eBook. Yup, that’s it.

Overall, this is a great read. I highly recommend it. A supercharged rollercoaster, it allowed me to enter a loving, fantastical world like the ones I enjoyed as a child.

Thanks Mr. Andy Goldman, the adventure was much appreciated.


Disclaimer: I LOVE the cats in the story (and in general). Not sure if that came across. 🙂


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