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A Wild Ride Of A Book: Scifi, Speculative And Plain Old Adventure The Oracle Year by Charles Soule, ★★★★★ 5 stars

My first thoughts after finishing The Oracle Year: wow. That was a ride. Agreed, the book can be somewhat slow burn at first, but when it gets going, it just keeps on going. I couldn’t pull my face away from the page for the last third of the book!

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

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★★★★★ 5 stars

The Oracle Year starts when Will, a struggling New York musician, publishes a set of predictions anonymously on the internet after hearing them in a dream. At first, nobody pays attention, but then they start coming true. Soon, the Oracle is the only thing anyone ever talks about. And for Will and his best friend it might even prove to be lucrative. But how long can they keep a lid on it? And how do they know that the predictions aren’t serving some deeper, darker end? What if it’s all much, much bigger than they thought?

A Flawless And Very Intriguing Plot + Brilliant Pace

The first thing that comes to mind about The Oracle Year is that it just has such a well laid out plot. You don’t come across that many books that have just the right pace, when it comes to setting the tone, getting the gears in motion, and then rolling off. And especially when it comes to wrapping up! Despite all odds (and I won’t say why “despite”), the ending is so incredibly satisfying. And it’s not because of the conclusion – I’d say it’s more due to the fact that your hormone levels are settling down after a very active and knuckle clenching action section. It’s like that feeling you get after you get out of a fast carnival ride and you’re filled with the feeling of being alive and also glad you’re on firm ground again. That’s the thing about The Oracle Year, and that’s what I mean when I say “well laid out plot”. Things happen at the right place. The author knows perfectly well which ropes to pull to make the reader follow the story so deeply, they’ll forget to take breaths between paragraphs. (Certainly what happened to me.)

me reading the oracle year

A pencil illustration of a girl flapping her arms, standing next to a book, with question marks and exclamation points above her head. The caption says, “me, pacing around while reading the final chapters of The Oracle Year

Real, True-to-life Characters

Another thing I really loved about The Oracle Year were the true to life characters. They were all so real – both the positive and the negative ones. I would dare to say the baddies were even my favorites! l’m not one of those people who likes dark characters much, usually, so I was very surprised when I was almost filled with awe for the Coach – a truly formidable woman. You could call her a spy or an influencer, but lets just say, you’d never want to meet anyone like that. EVER. And yet, she’s such an amazing character – she will put any government prick in his place, and she has a finger in every jam jar. While she’s a true terror and I can’t really “like-like” her, I’m in awe of this character, and especially glad the author wrote her as a woman, because it truly breaks the stereotype of a powerful political stakeholder.

strong female characters the oracle year

A pencil illustration of me, holding up a sign that says “strong female characters!!!”

Overall...

Ultimately, there’s not a lot that’s new that I can say about such a well-known book – especially without spoiling things. But I can definitely recommend The Oracle Year. It’s an adventure, it’s written incredibly well, and you just won’t be bored reading it. More than that, the idea behind it is pretty original. I’m sure I haven’t read anything like it. You can’t quite put it with scifi, adventure or anything definite – at best, I’d say speculative fiction. But I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it!

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But Beware Of The Triggers

Triggers include: violence, pregnant women in danger, mob violence, guns, war, mention of cancer.

What’s the last book that kept surprising you with twists and kept you guessing all the time?

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Sophie
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It seems that this book has everything to be a winner indeed Evelina!!

Jinjer
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The picture of the book cover you posted grabbed me first. Then I read enough of your review to decide I want to try to read this book. I say “try” because any kind of fantasy / scifi / or other such genre is a struggle for me and I rarely can finish such a book. But then in the Goodreads blurb it said “perfect for fans of Joe Hill and Brad Meltzer, or books like This Book Is Full of Spiders and Welcome to Night Vale.” Welcome To Night Vale? I love Welcome To Night Vale!!!! Ok I”m in.… Read more »

etinosa
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Great review Evelina. It has such an intriguing plot. I’ve never really heard about this book before now though. This book remind me of a movie, I can’t remember the name but it gave the same feel of everyone being a puppet controlled by a puppetmaster. I could be wrong but that’s the vibe I get from this book based on your review.

Laura Thomas
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With such a great review, how can I not read this now, Evelina!

RO P
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Sounds like you really enjoyed this one, and that picture of you is adorable. Hugs..RO

Catarina @ Pages & Plots
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I had this book on my TBR but, for some reason I can’t remember, I removed it from my GR shelf! And this review is making me want to add it again but cancer is kind of a trigger for me. Can you tell me if it’s a center piece of the plot or just a short mention? I don’t mind if you spoil me, I’d rather know what I’m getting into.

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Anne @ The Reading Life
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Wow, that book cover is….really dizzy-ing. Well, it’s really fitting XD. Five stars! Damn, I guess I have to check this book out now. Great reveiw!

CG @ Paper Fury
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Ooh I love reading 5-star reviews It makes me wildly excited for books (even if they’re not my typical genre haha) and I LOVE your illustrations so much!!

Paul Liadis
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I own this one and need to actually read it!

Jamie
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I don’t even remember when I put this book on my TBR or where I learned of it from, but seeing the cover again jogged my memory. You’re the first blogger that I know that’s talked about it! I’m so glad to hear that the pacing for this book was good and that it was actin packed, this makes me more excited to read it finally. Great review Evelina, and thank you for reading and reviewing books that aren’t so mainstream!

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
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I’m glad you loved this too, Evelina! Such a great read, and I’m happy because he has a new book coming out soon:-)