Metronome: The 'unputdownable' BBC Two Between the Covers Book Club Pick

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Metronome: The 'unputdownable' BBC Two Between the Covers Book Club Pick

Metronome: The 'unputdownable' BBC Two Between the Covers Book Club Pick

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Sent there as punishment for committing a crime not initially revealed to us, they are confined by their reliance upon pills which are dispensed from a mysterious box on the wall every eight hours.

Trying to stay afloat trying to survive, whilst everything you thought to be true seems to be a lie. When their crime is discovered they become social outcasts, condemned to serve a 12-year sentence of exile on a remote island in the north.The claustrophobic feel of two people spending all of their time together, with no other human company is chilling, and the little niggles of doubt and blame between them, that grow with an intensity throughout is impeccably handled. Despite its dystopian nature, it felt unsettlingly plausible, and this gave it a tense and chilling atmosphere. They live simply on a croft and hope that, 12 years after they were exiled, they might soon be up for parole. A great concept, well written with a eerie and frightening premise, but overall I felt like there could have been more to this story.

They say if you had a powerful enough microphone you could hear conversations that took place years ago. The sudden appearance of a token sheep also throws things off kilter where, as readers, we are left pondering its significance. According to Wille, fire speeds things up for example, water slows things down; air gives focus and earth opens out. She is desperate to learn the fate of their son, Max, and fears her husband may be keeping this knowledge to himself. It was almost like Watson didn't have the confidence to commit to an ending and left it in the hands of the reader.

I wonder if they’ve met, as there’s evidence of this in Watson’s multi-layered work; ‘fat, cold drops’ for rain, and “waves come as murmurs. Probably not, but when you start pondering such questions mid-book it is obvious that the 'magic' of the story has not drawn you in and you are no longer able to 'suspend disbelief'. Although the reader was left to draw their own conclusions about the final events of the book, it was nevertheless an enjoyable and satisfying read. I kept reading until the end, which I found disappointing as it was very ambiguous and open to interpretation. Not dismissing an element of brainwashing, one could argue whether they actually live on an island – after the discovery of ‘a spine.

These are dispensed via an automated “pill clock”, activated by the thumb print of the designated user, keeping the miscreants effectively tethered to their place of exile. The eventual focus on parenthood meant this reminded me a lot of The Road, and there were also shades of The Water Cure and Doggerland (though, thankfully, the dual protagonists ensure a less overly male atmosphere). When her fears become realised, they are faced with being stranded on the island for the rest of their lives. Their punishment is made harder by the fact that toxic spores from the melting permafrost have been released into the atmosphere; anyone spending time in that part of the world must take prophylactic pills at eight-hour intervals to stay alive.There is no chance of escape, their survival relies on the dispensing of a tablet every twelve hours which keeps them alive. The betrayal by someone the mc thought she could trust, and her struggle with sensing this from the beginning, and the not knowing if she should trust. For twelve years Aina and Whitney have been in exile on an island for a crime they committed together, tethered to a croft by pills they must take for survival every eight hours.

Once again, it is as if the author has come to rely on obfuscation to gain an effect; things are the way they are, not for any real reason but “just because”.For twelve years Aina and Whitney have been in exile on an island for a crime they committed together, tethered to a croft by pills they take for survival every eight hours. Set on a remote island this book plays with the theme of isolation, building a compact world cantered around predominantly two characters. It could tie in with Aina’s mantra Yan Tan Tethera (notice the word tether hidden there) with the Celtic method of counting sheep, and perhaps introduce the concept of a spirit animal.

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