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ARC Review: The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold

Summary from Goodreads:

When a deadly Fly Flu sweeps the globe, it leaves a shell of the world that once was. Among the survivors are eighteen-year-old Nico and her dog, on a voyage devised by Nico’s father to find a mythical portal; a young artist named Kit, raised in an old abandoned cinema; and the enigmatic Deliverer, who lives Life after Life in an attempt to put the world back together. As swarms of infected Flies roam the earth, these few survivors navigate the woods of post-apocalyptic New England, meeting others along the way, each on their own quest to find life and light in a world gone dark. The Electric Kingdom is a sweeping exploration of love, art, storytelling, eternal life, and above all, a testament to the notion that even in an exterminated world, one person might find beauty in another.

Release Date: February 9th 2021


I was unsure if I wanted to pick up The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold because of the topic of a deadly flu. It hit too close to home. However, when I read the sample of the novel given on the Bookishfirst website I knew that I wanted to read it.

I read Mosquitoland by David Arnold when it came out and enjoyed it. But I think The Electric Kingdom is my current new favorite from him. I loved his stunning writing and the way he crafted this new and deadly world was amazing to read! I’ll be reading more from Arnold in the future.

My few of my favorite aspects of the novel were the well-done characters, the structure of the novel, and the plot. I was hooked by page 100, I loved the characters of Nico and Kit and enjoyed getting to see their points of view.

The reason this was 4 star read for me was a mix of the pacing (it took me a while to get into the novel) and the strangeness of this novel. I still do not know how I truly feel about the ending or the overall plot, it was a strange trip but still a good read.

I recommend checking out this intense and weird YA novel when it comes out in 2021.


4 Out of 5 Stars.


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2 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold

  1. This book definitely sounds interesting. I can see how you’d have mixed feelings about it since it took so long to draw you in. Sometimes I don’t have patience for that myself. Great review!

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