84K MOBI ↠ Hardcover


  • Hardcover
  • 480 pages
  • 84K
  • Claire North
  • English
  • 08 June 2017
  • 0356507378

10 thoughts on “84K

  1. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    I would know this book was written by Claire North if I was to read only one page of it Her style is so unique and distinctive Sentences are left unfinished, sometimes words and phrases just pile up on themselves and yet it always makes perfect sense Did I mention that she is one of my favourite authors In my eyes she can do no wrong but I can understand why some people find her hard to read.84K is set in a dystopian near future in England The country is in a sorry state since the Company j I would know this book was written by Claire North if I was to read only one page of it Her style is so unique and distinctive Sentences are left unfinished, sometimes words and phrases just pile up on themselves and yet it always makes perfect sense Did I mention that she is one of my favourite authors In my eyes she can do no wrong but I can understand why some people find her hard to read.84K is set in a dystopian near future in England The country is in a sorry state since the Company joined forces with the Government and took over everything Life now depends on having money, lots of it, or dare we say it is not worth living Our main character, Theo, while not being a particularly brave man, stands up against the status quo and attempts to break the world This is a very dark book, muchso than any of the author s previous works There is death and degradation by the bucket load but there are also occasional hints of human warmth and kindness The story is not linear and jumps around times, places and people until my head swam I am glad I was reading it audio would be very hard to follow.The ending is hard to take, but real although there were highlights I closed the book with a smile and thought to myself I am so very glad I am a reader


  2. Bradley Bradley says:

    I really had to debate between giving this a full five stars or the four, but ultimately it all boils down to whether or not the heavily ambitious tale was pulled off in spectacular flavor or whether it must remain a disquieting tale with an end that will either leave a bittersweet taste in your mouth or leave you anxious.I personally think it ll be a bit of both.I m reminded of a bit of Les Miserables and a bit of Charles Dickens in this one, which is either odd or awesome when you consider tha I really had to debate between giving this a full five stars or the four, but ultimately it all boils down to whether or not the heavily ambitious tale was pulled off in spectacular flavor or whether it must remain a disquieting tale with an end that will either leave a bittersweet taste in your mouth or leave you anxious.I personally think it ll be a bit of both.I m reminded of a bit of Les Miserables and a bit of Charles Dickens in this one, which is either odd or awesome when you consider that this is a high concept SF dystopia where everything boils down to a price tag.Lives, crimes ANYTHING can be paid for If you re unproductive, it s much easier just to liquidate the asset Namely, you Pay the blood price And if you re rich enough, then anything can be had It s the ultimate capitalist nightmare.Fine We ve had stories like this before Even recently But here s where Claire North really shines She never rests on any kind of concept She dives deep, retaining a lyrical air with complex and satisfying novel structures that focuson telling highly personal and emotional thematic threads for her characters Linear storytelling is not a high priority And in that respect, she has a lot of giant storytellers shoulders to stand on She s carrying on a very creative and complex tradition and owning it for the SF community For that, I must applaud For this tale, however, we go from apathy and invisibility to the realization that the MC has had it all wrong the entire time, that missed opportunities and reveals such as his high school flame having his child and he never even knew and especially in this world would have truly nasty consequences Especially when that old flame is murdered She was worth only a measly 84k.After that, it s a tale worthy of a mighty revenge couched in the simple statement that he will find his daughter.Usher in some truly horrific worldbuilding, degradation, gruesome deaths, and revolution, all the while seeing how the other side lives and dies and we ve got something quite epic Without quite feeling epic The MC s quest is monomythical Nothing else matters The pendulum has swung.The resolution is fascinating and complex and not easily digestible Everyone seems to have a hard time living in this world There are no easy fixes This is not a place for heroes I would not expect any readers to come away feeling happy but that s not the purpose of this tale It s meant to make you think And it does that in spades Not a traditional blockbuster, right Right And that may be its ultimate strength


  3. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    1.5 stars I m so bummed I love North s book The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and had high expectations for this one But sadly, I find myself very disappointed this is another perfect example of a book that has a unique and interesting premise but falls completely flat on execution First, the writing style leaves much to be desired Incomplete, repetitive sentences that just trail off Over and over and over again It wasn t dreamy or poetic it was frustrating and clumsy Second, 1.5 stars I m so bummed I love North s book The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and had high expectations for this one But sadly, I find myself very disappointed this is another perfect example of a book that has a unique and interesting premise but falls completely flat on execution First, the writing style leaves much to be desired Incomplete, repetitive sentences that just trail off Over and over and over again It wasn t dreamy or poetic it was frustrating and clumsy Second, alternating timelines and POVs are fine and work as a great literary device when done properly Here it was a mess I m a very intelligent person but I was fucking lost at times I almost gave up, but I persisted, because surely North was going to tie it all together somehow at the end Which brings me to the third point, what the actual fuck was happening in the last third of the book I was yawning through chapter after chapter of Theo on the run Ugh I m sorry Ms North because you are clearly talented but this was a big fat NO and I question the sanity of your editors and publishing house on this one


  4. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    Easy 5 for me EASY Claire North writes so beautifully and in such a unique way sometimes I think it doesn t matter what story she is telling, it is all in the way she tells it As it happens 84K has a brilliantly engaging theme and the whole thing is just wonderful And a bit scary Full review nearer to publication.


  5. Justine Justine says:

    Very, very, dark This isn t unexpected from Claire North, as her view of the future in previous books has always been slanted in that direction But 84K is definitely her darkest vision of our near future world yet, written in a form that edges on experimental fiction.North s work has always been infused with politics, and 84K is no different What makes this book so chilling to read is that, particularly with the state of the world now, with the apparent strengthening of the right wing agenda, Very, very, dark This isn t unexpected from Claire North, as her view of the future in previous books has always been slanted in that direction But 84K is definitely her darkest vision of our near future world yet, written in a form that edges on experimental fiction.North s work has always been infused with politics, and 84K is no different What makes this book so chilling to read is that, particularly with the state of the world now, with the apparent strengthening of the right wing agenda, and the further entrenchment of big corporate interests, 84K doesn t seem all that far fetched The protagonist, Theo, at one point muses on his role in creating the horror of a world he now inhabits I am, fundamentally, a failure I ve known this for most of my life Since I was a child, it was always clear to me that the world I inhabited was not one I had contributed to Everything that was good, other people made and paid for with their own sacrifice Everything that was bad, I couldn t control All the ideas and dreams I thought were mine were in fact someone else s, and theI talked about taking control, being my own man, all the things you re meant to say, theI was talking to cover the very simple truth, that I wasn t I am not I made some choices, of course, but they weren t defiant acts of judgement They were made because the alternatives were significantly worse I coasted down the path I had with the feeling that it was the only path that was really before me, and when I chose to choose to do nothing, it felt like a kind of release, an admission that this was my life and I may as well live it Nothing changed Murderers walked free, people died and begged and grovelled and lives were destroyed for so little, for fear and anger andbut it didn t matter None of it mattered Because it was just the way the world worked.And there it is The world North envisions became that way through the small, collective inactions of a populace that feels their efforts don t matter in the scheme of things That isn t too hard to imagine, is it


  6. Lata Lata says:

    This was a dark book, a what if story, taking the idea of privatisation of all sorts of public services to an extreme though logical conclusion, with government and one, all encompassing company in bed together while they destroy a country together.While the narration of the audiobook is good, I found my attention wandering frequently And with the multiple storylines going back and forth in time and the frequent repetition of phrases and ideas, I kept tuning out, partly because of the repetitio This was a dark book, a what if story, taking the idea of privatisation of all sorts of public services to an extreme though logical conclusion, with government and one, all encompassing company in bed together while they destroy a country together.While the narration of the audiobook is good, I found my attention wandering frequently And with the multiple storylines going back and forth in time and the frequent repetition of phrases and ideas, I kept tuning out, partly because of the repetition, partly because the society Claire North has created in this book is really dark and depressing


  7. William William says:

    5 StarsAnother masterpiece of heart and genius, this one dark and sad, not an easy read but very rewarding North creates a living, plausible, even probable world in which greed has triumphed Everything has a price, every crime a monetary indemnity The rich can do what they wish, and escape with only a fine Even murder is excused for 84,000,or less.This story of the near future is a clear warning about the 1,000 year Tory dream Lords in the castles and the rest of us dead or naked in 5 StarsAnother masterpiece of heart and genius, this one dark and sad, not an easy read but very rewarding North creates a living, plausible, even probable world in which greed has triumphed Everything has a price, every crime a monetary indemnity The rich can do what they wish, and escape with only a fine Even murder is excused for 84,000,or less.This story of the near future is a clear warning about the 1,000 year Tory dream Lords in the castles and the rest of us dead or naked in the fieldsthe Prime Minister declared, Too long our enemies have hidden behind human rights as if they were extended to allNorth s prose carries you into this world, a stream of consciousness almost from the one called Theo now She builds her dystopian vision, confusing at first, slowly knitting the threads together, and the poetry of this terrible new world seeps into you, into your heart Small miracles, tiny fragments of kindness resisting the cruel greed of the Company, straining to be human, to care No one does this kind of world building better than Claire North There are two main threads of the story the present and the past of 15 years ago, near the beginning of the takeover by the rich Poor Theo is not a hero, just a boy and just a man North switches the two threads mostly by alternating chapters, and weaving them ever closer together.This is a brilliant mystery as well, two murders, many deaths and a kidnap Theo and Niela, Theo and Dani, Theo and the two bullies, Theo and Lucy, Theo and Theo Each relationship guides Theo from the past to the present, and into a terrible solution, but with ever present hope and tenderness from some strangers.A future home for your grandchildren Full size image No one admitted that the enclaves held the bin men, cleaners, waiters, janitors, porters, shelf stackers, carers who wiped the old women s bums, bus drivers and health assistants too skint to afford anywhere else Everyone has to make a choice, the Company said You have to choose success. This dystopia is so close to today that you can feel it s breath in the room with you as you read Such beautiful prose, despairing and knowing, and we have hope, we seek hope in Theo and Neila and the lost, seek refuge from the bullies and the rich and their easily hired thugs Even the assassin kills someone Then as she stands over the body, calls the police on herself, knowing she ll just pay a fine Or rather, her bosses will Almost like it is today So close There was only one school in Shawford by Budgetfood Once a year the mayor came to judge sports day, and they d get special guest speakers from the factory to talk about Retail Branding for Social Media or Fish Waste Product Use. Much of the story is with Neila along the Grand Union Canal Itwas finished just in time for the railways to be invented. Full size image A narrowboat like Neila sFull size image Her husband dies, leaving her and her young son alone But her benefits had been stopped because she was fit for work though no one would hire her and if no one would hire her in Shawford she just had to look elsewhere there was nowhere to goThe triumph of jungle capitalismsays this country is a slave state That there aren t any chains on our feet or beatings on our backs because there don t need to be Cos if you don t play along with what the Company wants, you die You die cos you can t pay for the doctor to treat you You die cos the police won t come without insurance Cos the fire brigade doesn t cover your area, cos you can t get a job, cos you can t buy the food, cos the water stopped, cos there was no light at night and if that s not slavery, if that s not the world gone mad There are rules and penalties for every transgression, and new rules invented every day to bleed the population on behalf of the mental illness of the greed of the rich.And the long lonely night, the ache of constant fear, barely lifted by a friend Theo said, staring into flames, There s a place where the words stop She did this and it wasand then we stop It was terrible It was barbaric It was beautiful You understand And we do We know Our lives exist in many different, contradictory states, all at once I am a liar I am a killer I am honest I am fighting for a good cause I am burning the world We want things simple, and safe, and when they aren t, when the truth is something complicated, something hard, or scary, we stop The words run out Everything becomesSound died on his lips A dead place where he once thought he had the answers and where now he isn t so sure. The poverty and fear drives many insane They ve got this guy, this boss bloke, he goes to the sea every morning and rages at it Just rages at it, cos of how he was born into this shit, and he didn t ever find no way to make his life good, and he rages at the sky cos it never helped him, and at the earth cos it never carried him somewhere else, and his raging it sit s sorta good, you know It s like going to church, only different like Sometimes I scream, it s like praying, but different. This passage straight from Ms North s heart, her mission But caring isn t the same as doing something, and doing something is hard It s very, very hard But the Company is made of people, and people are weak They are cowards, like the rest of us They wear a nicer suit I m going to destroy them all, one at a time, until there is nothing left, and the cities can burn and the sea can turn red with blood, and when it s done I will make a better world for my daughter Thought through those words, looking to see if there was anything wrong with them Couldn t see it That s all In tarot, the Fool begins the journey With an innocent heart and a soul full of wonder he sets out on his wanderings, looking to explore the universe, delighting in all things, trusting in all things the Fool is a card of exploration, hopeMy view GREED is truly the most terrible challenge of our times, and capitalism is its tool, its means to power andgreed Greed is a contagious mental illness, an unfillable hole, a hunger that denies justice, a brutal expression of broken egos.Greed is having a million times as much as the poor and still feeling you don t have enough.Greed consumes the earth without respite, and is a cancer on humanity Greed destroys us and our children and their future Greed is death A terrific review on NPR by Jason Sheehan


  8. K.J. Charles K.J. Charles says:

    My second DNF of Claire North, one of my favourite authors, which is disheartening In part it s the bleakness This is a very plausible dystopia where all crime is punished by fines, meaning the rich can do anything while the poor are sent into slavery to work off debts for small offences It s incredibly dark and depressing and I just don t feel like being anymiserable about the world than I am That may change with my mood, but also the narrative style is kind of exasperating We jump f My second DNF of Claire North, one of my favourite authors, which is disheartening In part it s the bleakness This is a very plausible dystopia where all crime is punished by fines, meaning the rich can do anything while the poor are sent into slavery to work off debts for small offences It s incredibly dark and depressing and I just don t feel like being anymiserable about the world than I am That may change with my mood, but also the narrative style is kind of exasperating We jump from past to present, ricocheting between characters, and moving from an omniscient pov to in head writing thatwell it s justbecause people do sort of think like this only in text it swell a bitThis is not working for me, at least not at this volume, and I am also a bit suspicious that the narrative fireworks are concealing the lack of a compelling plot The writing in the omniscient parts is magnificent, as vivid and evocative as ever, the sharp shrewd wit is all there, but I m just not enjoying this as a read DNF at 34% and feeling very sad about it


  9. Emily B Emily B says:

    I really liked the idea of this book However I found the writing difficult, particularly the sentences left unfinished and the jumps in time and flashbacks which often confused me However this style of writing may appeal and entertain a lot of people but not me unfortunately.


  10. Andrea Andrea says:

    I ve just read the first five chapters of this new book by Claire North a pre publication teaser and now can barely wait to get hold of the full book I haven t learned a great deal about the story beyond what s in the blurb, but I wantSo far I ve liked everything by this author that I ve read, and 84K looks to be no exception The author quickly establishes the setting as London a London that is kind of familiar, but somewhat disturbing in certain aspects It s a place where public s I ve just read the first five chapters of this new book by Claire North a pre publication teaser and now can barely wait to get hold of the full book I haven t learned a great deal about the story beyond what s in the blurb, but I wantSo far I ve liked everything by this author that I ve read, and 84K looks to be no exception The author quickly establishes the setting as London a London that is kind of familiar, but somewhat disturbing in certain aspects It s a place where public services have been corporatised Call an ambulance and the operator tries to upsell and if, in the end, you don t have insurance, then bad luck It s not so bad if you need the police The Corporate Police have their shareholders to consider when charging for an investigation, but at least they are reliable Not like the Civic Police for the uninsured This is an alternate reality where human rights have been abolished, and if you commit a crime your only real concern will be whether you can afford the fine determined by the Criminal Audit Office, where Theo Miller works.The author s style is familiar Razor sharp, fast paced, and at times almost a stream of consciousness delivery, with sentences left unfinished, forcing my brain to keep up and fill in the gaps.Looking forward to publication.LATEREven though I started reading the full novel only a short time later, I decided to re read those first 5 chapters because there was something I knew I hadn t fully grasped The patty line The first couple of times it was mentioned I happily read on, assuming that if it was important, enlightenment would occur at some point Well, in fact it is very important to the story it s what the story hangs off So here s how it works 1 human rights have been abolished, 2 crime is punished by indemnity, calculated by the Criminal Audit Office, 3 if the guilty party can t pay the indemnity, they are sent to the patty line Prison was a deeply inefficient way of rehabilitating criminals, especially given how many were clearly irredeemable, and despite privatisation efficiencies overcrowding and reoffending were a perennial problem Rehabilitation through work was an excellent and scientifically provable way of instilling good societal values The first Commercial Reform Institute was opened when Theo was seven years old, and made meat patties for hamburgers.These days, of course, the patties do a lotthan just make hamburgers.Dani Cumali has been on the patty line since Theo last knew her as his childhood friend When she re enters his life and seeks his help with something that seems to be the uncovering of some kind of conspiracy, Theo is reluctant to get involved To force his hand, Dani reveals that she has a daughter and that Theo is the father It could be true Her tearaway daughter Lucy is in care, and Dani wants to get her back But then Dani is murdered 84,000, thank you very much Theo becomes increasingly convinced that Lucy is his responsibility, so he begins looking into Dani s conspiracy.Meanwhile, there s another, later, storyline going on Theo has been badly injured and rescued by Neila, who lives alone on a longboat, navigating the English canals They head north together, hopeful of finding the possibly mythical Queen of the Patties, and enlisting her help in the search for Lucy Now I generally love a story built around dual timelines, but something went wrong for me with this one I was watching and waiting for the two to converge, as they logically would, but I got a bit lost and thought the earlier timeline had caught up before it actually had I suspect I know why this happened I d lost interest in Theo and his quest, and probably wasn t paying attention Anyway, for this reason the final quarter of the book was confusing for me, limping along to an anticlimactic conclusion, but welcome ending.Claire North s writing excites me as much as ever, but this story ultimately wasn t my cup of tea With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC to read and review.


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84K❮Reading❯ ➿ 84K Author Claire North – Thomashillier.co.uk What if your life were defined by a number What if any crime could be committed without punishment, so long as you could afford to pay the fee assigned to that crime Theo works in the Criminal Audit O What if your life were defined by a number What if any crime could be committed without punishment, so long as you could afford to pay the fee assigned to that crime Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in fullBut when Theo s ex lover Dani is killed, it s different This is one death he can t let become merely an entry on a balance sheetBecause when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don t add up.


About the Author: Claire North

Claire North is actually Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal nominated young adult novel author whose first book, Mirror Dreams, was written when she was just years old She went on to write sevensuccessful YA novels Claire North is a pseudonym for adult fantasy books written by Catherine Webb, who also writes under the pseudonym Kate Griffin.