Bloodtide (2020)

Bloodtide Melvin Burgess Bloodtide The time is the not too distant future London is in ruins A bombed out shell A picked over carcass where the only rule of law is might makes right What remains of the city is being fought over by two
  • Title: Bloodtide
  • Author: Melvin Burgess
  • ISBN: 9780765340146
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
Bloodtide Melvin Burgess The time is the not too distant future London is in ruins A bombed out shell A picked over carcass where the only rule of law is might makes right What remains of the city is being fought over by two ruthless gangs of warlords In an effort to create peace, however, a truce between the two families is suggested by Val, patriarch of the Volson clan His collateral TheThe time is the not too distant future London is in ruins A bombed out shell A picked over carcass where the only rule of law is might makes right What remains of the city is being fought over by two ruthless gangs of warlords In an effort to create peace, however, a truce between the two families is suggested by Val, patriarch of the Volson clan His collateral The hand of his fourteen year old daughter, Signy, in marriage to his blood rival, Conor A rebellious, headstrong teenager who has dreamed all her life of joining her father s forces as a soldier in the war against Conor, Signy is stunned by the announcement To agree to such a plan is unthinkable Conor is her mortal enemy To live as his wife is no better than to live as a slaver the rest of her life.But what of the alternative Does she dare defy her father And what of the consequences of her rebellion Her decision will set in motion a series of events events both horrifying and tragic that will change her life forever.Melvin Burgess has fashioned a powerfully dystopian vision of a young woman s coming of age against the backdrop of war that is shocking, harrowing, and compelling.
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  1. Krystle

    Why I love this book so much Because it s one of the most freaking messed up books ever Like holy damn messed up It s crazy It s gory, disgusting, violent and everything I could ever want Haha I loved how dark it is and it will forever be on my love, love, love shelf.This is a YA book that really pushes the boundaries and REALLY deserves having a higher for mature audience rating slapped on it Bloodtide is hard, hard, hard and if you don t like dark not fluffy at all stuff then you gotta stay fa [...]

  2. Cara Marie

    I first read Bloodtide as a teenager, and it s been a few years since my last reread Bloodtide is a post apocalyptic sci fi novel The post apocalyptic part is the London that s been cut off from the rest of the world after the gangs got too big Maybe not a proper apocalypse, but it it s treated as one The sci fi part is the genetically engineered half men , who the humans think are monsters but they re no monstrous than any of the human characters.And then there s the gods.Bloodtide is a retell [...]

  3. Daniella

    This book was given to me by some dude who was trying to bang me.I wish I was kidding.And now that I ve managed to finish reading this monstrosity, I have to wonder whether I should be insulted that he was trying like hell to get with me, because obviously his taste and judgment are questionable For one thing, he told me this book is good It isn t And for another thing, after a conversation we had about the book I m writing, he said that my book sounds like this book It doesn t At all The only s [...]

  4. Oddly Robotic

    This book really got under my skin I don t know what to think, specifically It hurt, but, damn, it was good.

  5. Michelle

    I guess sometimes the a book can disgust you, the it can startle and unnerve you, the better it is I havent forgotten this book, though I read it about ten years ago.

  6. Juushika

    Bloodtide is the first part of the Icelandic Volsunga Saga, replayed in dystopic London where ganglords rule the city and genetically engineered halfmen threaten them from the countryside Twins Siggy and Signy Volson are separated when Signy weds a rival family ganglord, but treason, war, and intrigue may bring them back together if both twins can survive the harrows of war An odd combination of dystopic London and Icelandic myth, Bloodtide has an attention grabbing concept which is often well h [...]

  7. Courtney Johnston

    I found out about Melvin Burgess s Bloodtide after following a thread of articles online mostly on the Guardian, bless em about the issue of violence in children s and YA books, which spiked around Patrick Ness s The Knife of Never Letting Go truly terrific book which apparently got some people raging about knife crime, because yes, books about a kid coming of age in a futuristic agrarian community when the men have been infected by a virus that makes all their thoughts audible is exactly the so [...]

  8. Jaycat

    I can t figure out if I liked this book or if I was disturbed by it Essentially it is the story of two warring gang families the Volsons and the Connors Signy Volson is married to Conor Connor to help Val Volson unite London under one ruler Signy is kept in a tower for her protection and soon a half hyena man one of many half men who live outside London tells her Conor plans to betray her and gifts her with a cat named Cherry Soon Conor betrays her and the book gets very disturbing view spoiler [...]

  9. Flora

    Bloody and intensely compelling I first read this book when I was 14 and it blew my mind I don t think I had ever read anything quite so explicitly violent before that point Unless you count the Armoured Bear fight in Northern Lights The elements of the original Icelandic saga are so seamlessly interwoven with Burgess s vision of dystopian London, that it is no surprising that Odin turns up at a banquet than that there are mutants half animal, half person roaming around outside the city walls.

  10. Maddy

    This book is very twisted But I give it four stars for how the author was able to create a character that was psychotic, but you don t realize it until the end And for how he was able to make the war seem so real.

  11. BellaGBear

    This book made such a huge impression when I was a teenager I do not even know If I would dare to read it again because of that reason.

  12. Pam Saunders

    Another great read for our boys at school, fantasy, action, moral dilemma s, links to mythology When I have to read book two, immediately, it s good.

  13. Aelvana

    The future London has fallen far from its lofty civilization Now ganglords rule, and the biggest of these are like kings over their own little kingdoms But Val Volson and Connor both want it all, and so a treaty was proposed Val s daughter Signy s hand in marriage to Connor to create peace between the bitter rivals Signy opposes the marriage at first When she s grown to love Connor, betrayal shatters the truce and subjugates all of London under Connor s iron fist And so Signy finds a new goal to [...]

  14. Carrie Stewart

    Bloodtide by Melvin Burgess bases its story on that of the Icelandic Volsunga Saga Set in a London of the future that has been ravaged by gang warfare and abandoned to those seeking power, it focuses mainly on one of the warring families, the Volsons The key characters are twins Signy and Siggy At the beginning of the book their father Val is working on a treaty with Conor, the rival gang lord, hoping it will lead to them working together to leave London and take over the rest of the country Lon [...]

  15. Cathleen Ash

    Val Volson owns half of London Of course, it s not necessarily a London anyone would want any, but half of it s his The other half belongs to Conor another dangerous warlord in this future of half humans surrounding an abandoned city with little remaining technology There is poverty, starvation, and of course, gang wars.Siggy and Signy, twins, follow their father Val around the city and find ways in and out of buildings What Val doesn t know is that they also rob the rich, finding excitement in [...]

  16. Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Randstostipher tallnlankyrn Nguyen for TeensReadTooThe city of London is slowly crumbling, with two prominent sides tearing the city apart There are the half men who are too grotesque, too unworthy of living the normal life they once had, all because of the way they were transformed against their will Then there are the humans, the ones who would rather dominate the world around them than save the city from total chaos Among these humans are two clans, the Conors and the Volsons Both [...]

  17. Chris Leslie

    I d say definitely give it a go I haven t got on too well with Melvin Burgess books over the years I didn t like Sara s Face, and I thought Junk was well written but just not my type of book But this one definitely made me want to read until the end and find out what happened.Sometimes the writing style is a little bit detached and impersonal I found this with Sara s Face too It just depends what kind of storytelling works for you though, I wouldn t say it s a weakness.I agree with some reviews [...]

  18. Shonna Froebel

    This teen novel was recommended on a list recently and since our library had it, I decided to check it out It is one set at some uncertain dystopian point of time in the city of London England Two young teens 14 Siggy and Signy are twin sister and brother, the youngest in the ruling family of Val Volson King Val is marrying Signy off to Conor, the leader of another fiefdom, hoping the union will bring peace to their area and unite them against the halfmen.Both of these two fiefdoms are in the ol [...]

  19. Sinead

    Having read a lot of dystopian novels in the last few years this book was a little different I loved the idea that gangland warfare could lead to such drastic actions as shutting London off and surrounding it with genetically modified humans animals It was violent in many places and a little gruesome but then the situation that the main characters find themselves in is as well It addresses issues of madness, chaos and prejudice and some incidents in the book reminds you scarily of what has happe [...]

  20. Abigail Houseman

    I m sorry to say that this book was not quite to my tastes or what I was expecting I feel like this book had so much potential which is partially what made it so disappointing.There were good points, parts of the plot from the Volsung Saga mixed in with a new dystopian universe but as another commenter said, they weren t meshed well I think the main thing was that I wasn t made to care More background was needed to make me fully feel like I wanted the characters to succeed or fail, and learning [...]

  21. Luna

    Wow this book certainly is something Though if I m perfectly honest I m not sure what that something is Bloodtide is addictive reading, you can t just read one chapter you keep going and going and before you know it s the middle of the book.There are lots of things I loved about Bloodtide it s gritty, vivid the world building is spectacular , the writing and the book doesn t make nice There s no filtering or sugarcoating I respect that and while there were parts that certainly made me squirm I m [...]

  22. Nicolas

    Dans un Londres d un futur lointain o les gangs ont pris le pouvoir, cern par une muraille le s parant des mi hommes, divers personnages vont s entre tuer, s aimer, tenter de survivre et de plier le monde leurs r ves.Bon Je refuse d en dire plus de ce qui n est mon sens qu une sinistre pochade, plagiant sans m me l ombre d un d but de talent ce que la quatri me de couverture appelle pudiquement une ancienne saga islandaise Donc voil , contentez vous de a C est mauvais, et m me plus encore, car c [...]

  23. Discoverylover

    One of my fave books for teens This is the first in the series of two novels based in this universe The book deals with two warring gangs, named the Volsons and the Connors Each controls a large portion of London, since the city was blockaded from the outside world Val, head of the Volsons wishes for peace between the two and offers his daughter Signy as Conor s wife in order to broker a treaty His hopes are to unite London and destroy the half men who occupy the outer rim of London Once they ha [...]

  24. A.D. Croucher

    This is a harsh, mesmerizing, strange, messed up book, full of brutal dreamlike poetic writing, and a brilliantly freewheeling display of imagination It s like nothing you ve ever read a YA dystopian take on Norse myths Ancient, shapeshifting magic blends with gritty sci fi in a devastated future London landscape Broken post apocalyptic tech and the old Norse gods go hand in hand in this thrilling blend of genres Burgess is normally known for his bleak and ferocious contemporary YA, but his writ [...]

  25. Rebecca

    This is a very dark and frightening portrayal of what may well happen to British society if the government flees, gangs rule and technology goes too far.Yet it is woven smoothly into an age old norse tale of two feuding families, the agendas of the old gods, the pursuit of revenge and how the quest for peace is never free from pain and sorrow.The characters are all mainly over teenage years yet the struggles each goes through makes them adult in mind then they appear on the skin.It is a very go [...]

  26. Susan Price

    I ve read a lot of self conscious retellings of myth, set either in the past or in some sci fi future, and I d come to the conclusion that it was never done well.So I approached this, and BloodSong, with a lot of scepticism TBH, I only read it because I was going to be meeting Melvin Burgess at a Lit Fest, where we were going to be on a panel together.I was so wrong This, and its sequel, are wonderful blew me away It s so well imagined, its world so complete, that there s not a hint of self cons [...]

  27. Devin

    This is a good read for anyone who enjoys distopian future stories I had no idea what to expect from this book I found it on a discount rack at a discount store in Canada Very random The cover wasn t too promising but I must say that I loved it Burgess vision of the future is bleak and scary, but he has a unique sense of humor to write so lightly about all the horrors of a bombed out London I almost thought it was a satire for the first hundred pages or so, until everything went downhill This st [...]

  28. Jonathan Strange

    I feel that this book actually deserves a review because most of my friends seem to have not even heard of it It was one of the first young adult books that I read cannot quite remember when as it was ages ago Rather difficult to define in terms of genre because it seems able to transcend generalisation If you like fantasy, dystopia, thriller, mythology, and philosophy being juggled effortlessly within a text, and a mature take on teenage fiction then this is the book for you In terms of the in [...]

  29. Bronwyn Mcloughlin

    Hugely confronting and unpretty, but also deals with all sorts of issues with a grittiness that engrosses Lots of gruesome deaths, but this is a dystopian story with overtones of the Icelandic myths, and it was alway going to be messy Issues of ruling style Connor the authoritarian vs a egalitarian as favoured by the Volsuns issues of motives power for its own sake or for the liberation and empowerment of the poor Genetic engineering, incest, justice, discrimination s a huge canvas, painted in [...]

  30. Corinne

    I got this book from the library when I was in my early teens.I couldn t sleep for WEEKS.It might be a good book I honestly couldn t tell you, it s been over a decade but man oh man did the screwed up parts of it stick with me Part of me is tempted to re read it and see how different it is from what I remember, but I m pretty sure view spoiler the teenage girl undergoing consistent emotional and physical abuse she s HAMSTRUNG, omg from her husband hide spoiler would be just as traumatizing as be [...]

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