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Posted December 19, 2011
Do yourself a favor and read this book! It is very smart and intriguing; a delightful diversion. If you liked "A Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" but thought it had a bit too much graphic violence, you will love this book. It will be great to see what Thomas publishes next!!!
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Posted January 9, 2012
I found "How Not TO Save the World" to be a delightful and socially conscious read. It was not only futuristic but added a level of intrigue that you don't often see against the backdrop of the dynamics of a non -profit organization. Reading the book gave me a brand new perspective on the dynamics of raising money for non-profit organizations. I have met the author and she has used her personal knowledge of international social themes combined with futuristic concepts to write an insightful and thought provoking novel. I am looking forward to the sequel.
It is a great book for a book club discussion.
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Posted August 11, 2012
How Not To Save the World is an entertaining adventure featuring Aderemi Austin. After her mother's death, Remi abandoned her studies to join the African Peace Collaborative (APC), working unsuccessfully as a Fundraiser for the financially struggling organisation her mother helped establish. In one impulsive moment, Remi steals a million dollar necklace and donates the proceeds from its black market sale to the APC, just like a modern-day Robin Hood. But someone was watching and he has something he wants Remi to steal for him...
I enjoyed this lighthearted thriller that transforms an ordinary, shy young woman into an accomplished international art thief. Pushed around by her work colleagues, I enjoyed seeing Remi stand up to them (literally in one case) and generally I thought Remi a likeable character despite her someone flexible morals.
Remi is ably, though unwittingly, assisted in her undertakings by her best friend who combines fashion with technology to create some unique pieces of clothing. I still can't quite visualise the evening gown/scuba diving suit but the idea is impressive and these outfits add a fun James Bond element to the novel.
The villain of the story is suitably creepy, and you can be sure I will never eat in a restaurant that contains a percentage symbol in it's name.
The plot does require the reader to have a sense of adventure as it is a little far fetched at times, though that is part of fun. Perhaps the only aspect of the story that didn't sit well with me was Remi's reaction to thinking she had killed a man, as she seemed to brush it aside a too easily, which contradicted her general personality. There is a touch of romance for Remi with an insurance adjustor of dubious intent and one or two minor subplots for added depth. Thomas also leaves us with open threads to be picked up in the next installment of the series.
I enjoyed Remi's adventures across the globe in How Not To Save the World. Light, amusing and well written this is a terrific debut for a self published author.
Posted February 18, 2012
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