When Lucie Sterling’s niece is abducted, she knows it won’t be easy to find answers. Stanton is no ordinary city: invasive digital technology has been banned, by public vote. No surveillance state, no shadowy companies holding databases of information on private citizens, no phones tracking their every move. Only one place stays firmly anchored in the bad old ways, in a huge bunker across town: Green Valley, where the inhabitants have retreated into the comfort of full-time virtual reality – personae non gratae to the outside world. And it’s inside Green Valley, beyond the ideal virtual world it presents, that Lucie will have to go to find her missing niece.
***I was sent a copy of this book for review. Everything in this review is my own honest opinions.***
Green Valley is being described as a cross between Black Mirror and True Detective, so I jumped at the chance to review this title because I love both of them shows. I like reading a good thriller and this sounded like it would have a near future twist, so I was really excited to start reading Green Valley.
I haven’t read many sci-fi thrillers but I really enjoyed reading Green Valley and I need to check more books like this out. The story focuses more on the sci-fi aspects of the plot rather than the thriller but I think this is why I enjoyed it because it was different from what I normally read. Thriller books can become a bit samey and after a while they loose some of their effect and makes the books a little anticlimactic. Thankfully Green Valley is not like the usual thrillers and gives a nice twist of the thriller genre.
Green Valley is the slow burner sort of book and I did find myself taking my time to read through it. The book isn’t very thick and I thought I would be able to perhaps get it read in a couple of hours but instead it took me a couple of days because the plot took a while to grab my attention. The first couple of chapters were intriguing but then it dipped a little for me before picking up again towards the middle. Once I started to connect with the plot again I found it an exciting read. Especially towards the end I found the story to become addictively gripping and I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it. This is the first book I have read by Louis Greenberg I will be looking to read more of his books in the future.
While I had a little problem engaging with the story to begin with I would still recommend this book to readers who love a good sci-fi thriller read. I found the story to be highly original and wonderfully written. There is little hints of this book being part of a series and if that’s true then I would happily read more books because I think it could become a really intriguing series.
I rate this book 4/5 stars