Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore is a story about a woman who tries to find herself through different people and places. It wasn't what I expected, though when I reread the cover copy after I finished the book I realized it's actually a very accurate description. I really enjoyed the tone and writing style of this book. It's pretty bleak, but in a way that keeps you turning pages. And the writing is the perfect mix of straightforward and elaborate. There are some really great lines and descriptions in the book, but not so many that it's beating you over the head with them.
A good bit of this book takes place in Sri Lanka, which was a new experience for me since I'd never read anything in that setting before. I would say this novel seems like a dark version of Eat, Pray, Love. I haven't read Eat, Pray, Love, so this might be totally untrue, but it's the vibe I was getting.
The cover of this book is gorgeous. The fern pattern combined with the contrast in the title makes me think the publishers are trying to play off of the success of Fates and Furies, and while the books aren't too similar, I definitely think fans of one would like the other. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to more work by this author.
3.5 out of 5 stars
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.