Friday, February 26, 2010

Book Review: V for Vendetta


Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy: a world of the not-too-distant future, in which freedom was not lost, but surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime that rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

This is the setting for the parable of Evey, a young woman who is saved from death by a masked man calling himself only V. Beguiling and dangerous, V ignites the fuse of revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to wake up and shed the blanket of tyranny and oppression in which they have permitted themselves to be cloaked.

While those in power take steps to neutralize the threat, the police pursue the mystery of V, unaware of the terrible truth that awaits them at the end of the trail. It is Evey, however, who, with V as her enigmatic guide, sets out on the most painful path of all: a journey of deception and self-discovery, deconstruction and re-creation, vindication and vengeance.

-- From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
Okay, this is the movie poster. This book cover is impossible to find, and even Goodreads has the poster. Makes me sad actually. The cover is quite good and shows the spirit of the book very well.

First Thoughts:
This movie was amazing! I can't wait to see what happens in the book.


My Review:
Yes, this is a movie. And yes, I saw and loved the movie. In fact I saw the movie before I chose to read this book. My verdict? This book is undeniably better than the movie!

What I really liked about this book was the depth behind the characters and setting as a whole. As a reader, you are allowed to dive into the psyche of "V" and understand why he has chosen the life he currently leads. This book is an extremely quick read, because you will constantly find yourself wanting to read on and find out what happens next.

Meeting the people responsible for "V"s current behavior is probably one of the most fabulous parts of the novel. When I first watched the movie, I often found myself wondering when I would find out more about this intriguing man. While reading, I found myself wanting to skip pages just to unravel more of the darkness beneath our mysterious hero.

I would recommend this as a good read for anyone, but especially those who have a hard time getting into a story.

Book Details
Title: V for Vendetta
Author: Alan Moore
Publisher: PocketStar
Pages: Mass Market Paperback; 368
Source: Borrowed from BookSwim

Final Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
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