The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton
Long story short:
Written as an oral history, this narrates the unforgettable rise of Opal & Nev… and everything that’s happened since.
Firstly, thank you so much to @quercusbooks for sending me this!
So this gets a lot of comparisons to Daisy Jones & The Six… Are they in the same format? Yes. Are they the same book? NO!! For me, they’re two very different books, and to say otherwise means you just haven’t understood either novels.
This was a masterpiece. Dawnie Walton is an excellent writer! It was so immersive that I genuinely thought this was real.
The prose was lyrical – there’s no other word for it. I could actually see the events unravel in my head as if someone had installed a projector.
The authenticity of the characters was unparalleled. They were so well-developed, and I just can’t get over how fascinating they were. I’m not even just talking about Opal and Nev – every single one stood out.
My favourite aspect was the sheer rawness of the story and the language. It’s honest, brutal but also mesmerising. It’s a highly intelligent novel in so many ways. The social commentary on race and gender illustrating that we’ve actually not progressed as a society was so provocative and powerful.
The timing? The location? The characters? The writing? It’s all a massive yes for me.
It goes without saying that I highly recommend this! It really is a must read. Walton is a literary genius, and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
@ANovelPage rates this book as 9/10
N.B.: I was kindly gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
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If you want to read a great interview with Dawnie Walton click here