LEIGH FORBES: Books of all Sorts

Me, John and a Bomb


by Debi Alper.

Funny and thought-provoking in equal measure, this latest dip into the lives of the Nirvana community introduces us to John and Sky, and takes us on their journey of political activism and awakening. Not to mention a deal of growing up. Alongside their struggles are co-op members familiar to readers of previous Nirvana books, plus a few new ones (two of them rather adorable). The various interwoven storylines keep you guessing: will John recover? Will Sky blow everyone up? Will Mags actually leave? And who is the infiltrator (assuming there actually is one)?

As ever, Apler treats her often difficult topics with great sensitivity, but without either patronising or trying to glorify them – you can’t help loving her characters despite their failings. Her prose is both wonderfully descriptive but efficient. The ending is clever, leaving the reader happy and unexpectedly satisfied at the same time.

Disclaimer: I worked on title book as programmer, and received a free copy as a result. There was no expectation on behalf of the publisher/author for me to even read it, let alone review it, and I have done both by choice, and with pleasure.


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