Monday 6 May 2024

Review - Earth by John Boyne

Earth by John Boyne
Publisher: Random House UK
Release date: 18 April 2024
Back cover blurb: From million-copy-bestselling author John Boyne, an inescapably gritty story about one young man whose direction in life takes a vastly different turn than what he expected. It’s the tabloid sensation of the year: two well-known footballers standing in the dock, charged with sexual assault, a series of vile text messages pointing towards their guilt. As the trial unfolds, Evan Keogh reflects on the events that have led him to this moment. Since leaving his island home, his life has been a lie on many levels. He’s a talented footballer who wanted to be an artist. A gay man in a sport that rejects diversity. A defendant whose knowledge of what took place on that fateful night threatens more than just his freedom or career. The jury will deliver a verdict but, before they do, Evan must judge for himself whether the man he has become is the man he wanted to be.

This novel is the second in John Boyne's ‘elements’ series, and I think I enjoyed this even more than 'Water' [the first, which I loved].

Evan Keogh has followed his Father's dream of becoming a professional footballer. But at what cost comes fame and fortune?

Evan has never actually wanted to be a footballer, despite his obvious talent. 

Driven from the Island that he grew up on, after an incident with his so called best friend, he is determined to become an artist on the mainland. 

There is no denying that he has talent, but his work is too similar to those he is influenced by, and he has to resort to other means to start making some money. 

Unfortunately this doesn't end well for Evan, and he is forced to put his true talent to use and follow his Father's dreams for him, resulting in even more devastating consequences. 

Now everyone knows Evans’s name, and not just because he is successful in his profession. 

Evan knows he has made mistakes, but is he man enough to fix them before his life comes crashing down on him for good?

Earth is another great instalment in the elements series, and I look forward to reading the next.

Earth is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops. 

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

x Vicky-Leigh x

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