Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Sypnosis from Goodreads:
The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84–“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.”
Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.
An instant bestseller around the world, “1Q84” is a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.
Okay, firstly, it had been a little while since I read book 1, so I was unsure as to whether or not I’d remember everything, but as I started this second instalment, turns out I need not have worried. Everything came flooding back to me and I was once again immersed in Murakami’s writing.
I felt like, whilst reading book 2, that book 1 was kind of the prelude, we learnt the basis of things and the scene was well and truly set and actions started to take place and it was all awesome! Now, here in book 2, the characters start to unravel even more (more so in Aeomame’s case), and we learn more about both Tengo and Fuka Eri, both of whom go through some amazing experiences and developments. It was epic to read about, and I love how the split points of views between Aoemame and Tengo started to subtly weave together.
One of the many things I love about this second installment is how much Murakami’s writing makes you think; there was no way I could’ve predicted what was to come and it was such vivid writing; you could picture everything as it was happening; and Murakami depicts human emotions so perfectly, it’s amazing; it connects the reader to the characters even more and I was addicted, I couldn’t put this down! Aoemame is one of my favourite characters, ever, she’s just so unique and complex, I was shocked with her final chapter! Which definitely set the foundation for an epic book 3! Same with Tengo, he has grown so much, I cannot wait for their paths to intersect more! The revelation that tied these two characters together was amazing! I have high hopes that things will work out for them but honestly, one never knows with Murakami; and that’s honestly amazing.
I loved the developments and learning more about this alternate world of 1q84, as well as learning more about these little people, Murakami writes both aspects of this book so well and I was really mystified and horrified at times, learning about how sure the inhabitants were that their leader was such a god, and the mad extents that he went to.
This book conveyed lots of emotions, and I can definitely feel a favourite trilogy here. It’s just so unique and even though I don’t read a lot of dystopian (as this book is classified), I can’t get enough of this book! Worlds overlap, mystery ensues and characters face insane decisions! This book also has me tearing up in certain parts, you just really feel a lot for both Aoemame and Tengo in this one! Also, I feel Fuka Eri at times provided some comic relief, but that’s just my thoughts, she was adjusting to her life and completely new to trying various foods and getting used to pronunciations of words, it was just brilliant to experience. I felt for her but I really admired her attitude; and I’m definitely excited to see how big of a role she has to play in book 3!
And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading 🙂