Blog Tour Book Review: Note to Self by Peter Ward

Note to Self Final (Medium)Title: Note to Self written by Peter Ward
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction Adventure
Published by Diversion Books
Page count: 231
Format: Ebook (Read on Barnes and Noble HD+)
Rating: 4/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #44

“In a world where technology controls everything, sometimes your own handwriting is the only thing you can trust.

Richard Henley is an ordinary man leading an ordinary life, but when he finds strange notes in his own handwriting warning that someone is trying to kill him, he is sent on a journey to places he never knew existed. With an ominous and all-powerful organization on his trail, his only hope is to trust unexpected allies, take control of his life, and uncover the truth about what happened to the girl he loved twenty years ago. A darkly humorous commentary on our app-obsessed culture, if Richard can stay alive, his world will never be the same again.”

Hello all and welcome to my stop on the Note to Self blog tour! I would like to thank Diversion Books and Peter Ward for allowing me to be part of the tour.

I had a lot of fun reading this book. Note to Self does not have a predictable plot which is always a great thing and kept me guessing. I found myself interested in the story that was unfolding before me from the very beginning because it’s original and unique, definitely not a plot that I have ever come across. Although the story interested me from the start, I found it slow going at first but it picks up pretty fast. It really surprised me at how enjoyable I thought this book was!!

I thought this was a fun read because it was basically like we were on a journey with Richard…it was easy to feel like I was running  right alongside him, dodging our pursuers and just trying to stay alive. There were some twists to the plot that I would never have guessed and that in itself was awesome. I found the relationships in this book to be interesting. First with Richard and his ex-wife, Richard and Alice and lastly, Richard and Cassandra. I would have liked to see more of the family dynamic between Richard, Alice and Cassandra but I did like the few very personal moments that we do encounter between them.

I really liked that this book had a little bit of everything that I like in a book…action, romance, suspense. I especially loved the science fiction aspects of the story like the alternate universes and Alice’s experiments. What I like most about the story is that it makes you think and question. When I read this book I started thinking about how we would use this type of technology if it were available to us. Would we act like IDEA has acted? It also made me think about how our society is so reliant on our smart phones in our daily lives and how we use apps for everything from tracking our food intake to keeping track of our schedules. I love that this book is both entertaining and thought provoking at the same time.

I must also mention that the cover is awesome! I love the glowing strings of binary code cascading down the cover. I would definitely be up to reading more from this author as I really like his writing style so I will be purchasing Time Rep soon so stay tuned for a review on that in the future! I ended up giving this book a four out of five because I loved the story and felt it was so unique! Definitely a recommend for Sci-Fi fans 🙂

Author photo_Peter Ward

About the Author:

Peter Ward was born in London in 1980. He was educated at William Torbitt Primary School and Ilford Country High School in Essex, before studying English Literature at the University of Southampton.

He started writing his first book Time Rep in 2002, which took six years to complete. He then left it in a drawer for three years before putting the first draft of it on the internet in 2010. After being downloaded 60,000 times and receiving (mostly) positive reviews, he thought it would be wise to approach a literary agent. This led to a new and improved draft of Time Rep being published by Diversion Books in 2013. A German translation is due later in the year through Piper Verlag GmbH. He began writing his second book Note to Self just as Time Rep was being completed in 2008.

He lives in London with his partner Lucy and a very small cat.

Also make sure to visit his website and add Note to Self to  your Goodreads to-read Shelf!

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I hope everyone enjoys Note to Self! Happy Reading y’all!

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