84K by Claire North

84K

What if your life were defined by a number?What if any crime could be committed without punishment, so long as you could afford to pay the fee assigned to that crime?Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office. He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.But when Theo's ex-lover Dani is killed, it's different. This is one death he can't let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.Because w...


Details 84K

Title84K
ISBN9780356507378
Author
Release DateMay 24th, 2018
PublisherOrbit
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Dystopia
Rating

Reviews 84K

  • Phrynne
    2018-06-17
    I would know this book was written by Claire North if I was to read only one page of it. Her style is so unique and distinctive. Sentences are left unfinished, sometimes words and phrases just pile up on themselves and yet it always makes perfect sense. Did I mention that she is one of my favourite authors? In my eyes she can do no wrong but I can understand why some people find her hard to read.84K is set in a dystopian near future in England. T...
  • Bradley
    2018-06-01
    I really had to debate between giving this a full five stars or the four, but ultimately it all boils down to whether or not the heavily ambitious tale was pulled off in spectacular flavor or whether it must remain a disquieting tale with an end that will either leave a bittersweet taste in your mouth or leave you anxious.I personally think it'll be a bit of both.I'm reminded of a bit of Les Miserables and a bit of Charles Dickens in this one, wh...
  • Liz Barnsley
    2018-02-10
    Easy 5* for me. EASY. Claire North writes so beautifully and in such a unique way sometimes I think it doesn't matter what story she is telling, it is all in the way she tells it. As it happens 84K has a brilliantly engaging theme and the whole thing is just wonderful. And a bit scary. Full review nearer to publication.
  • Lata
    2018-06-07
    This was a dark book, a what-if story, taking the idea of privatisation of all sorts of public services to an extreme though logical conclusion, with government and one, all-encompassing company in bed together while they destroy a country together.While the narration of the audiobook is good, I found my attention wandering frequently. And with the multiple storylines going back and forth in time and the frequent repetition of phrases and ideas, ...
  • William
    2018-06-03
    5-StarsAnother masterpiece of heart and genius, this one dark and sad, not an easy read but very rewarding. North creates a living, plausible, even probable world in which greed has triumphed. Everything has a price, every crime a monetary indemnity. The rich can do what they wish, and escape with only a fine. Even murder is excused for £84,000, more or less.This story of the near future is a clear warning about the 1,000 year Tory dream: Lords ...
  • Justine
    2018-06-17
    Very, very, dark. This isn't unexpected from Claire North, as her view of the future in previous books has always been slanted in that direction. But 84K is definitely her darkest vision of our near future world yet, written in a form that edges on experimental fiction.North's work has always been infused with politics, and 84K is no different. What makes this book so chilling to read is that, particularly with the state of the world now, with th...
  • The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
    2018-06-19
    As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.What is the value of a human life? Well, honestly, it varies, are you young? Are you old? Are you a benefit to society? Are you a burden to society? Are you valued? Will you be missed? Do you have the potential for future greatness? Will yo...
  • Andrea
    2018-04-24
    I've just read the first five chapters of this new book by Claire North - a pre-publication teaser - and now can barely wait to get hold of the full book. I haven't learned a great deal about the story beyond what's in the blurb, but I want more!So far I've liked everything by this author that I've read, and 84K looks to be no exception. The author quickly establishes the setting as London; a London that is kind of familiar, but somewhat disturbi...
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    2018-05-20
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.Claire North, also known under the names of Catherine Webb and Kate Griffin, brings us a brand-new dystopian sci-fi story with 84K. Although I’ve only known her for her huge success upon releasing The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August—which I have yet to read myself—this introduction to her mind has been truly eye-opening. The world she creates in this story comes to life thanks to some o...
  • Kate
    2018-03-06
    A clever and challenging read with a great premise - every crime has a price. This is a world in which only the poor are guilty. While this is probably my least favourite of North's novels, largely due to its fragmented and jumpy style which meant I couldn't engage with characters or story as much as I would have liked, this author continues to astound with her imagination and ambition. Full review to follow closer to publication on For Winter Ni...
  • The Nerd Daily
    2018-06-26
    Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Jess MageeWhat if every crime had a value? And as long as you could pay up, you were a free man? In a world abolished of human rights and the rich can get away with murder, literally, we follow Criminal Audit Office employee, Theo Miller. His job is to catalogue every offence and make sure the crime matches the payment, discounts are even offered for circumstances such as if a ‘lowlife’ was the ...
  • Marianne
    2018-07-09
    84K is the fifth novel by British author, Claire North. Theo Miller (not his real name) works at the Criminal Audit Office. When a crime has been committed, his job is to calculate what the cost to the guilty will be. It can be a little complicated, but he has formulae and algorithms to guide him. It’s a job. He hasn’t given much thought to what happens to those too poor to pay.But then, from his deep past, when he wasn’t yet Thomas Miller,...
  • Gary
    2018-07-17
    7/17High-concept SF premise marred by style-over-substance execution.Full RTC
  • MTK
    2018-06-19
    A startingly unoriginal book from a startingly original writer.++For me, Claire North is one of the few writers whose books I buy automatically. And one of the things I always appreciated most about them is how different they are to anything else published today. Not only does she have a truly unique voice, but the premise of all her novels has always been something new, exciting, innovative. The stories are timeless, but always told from a diffe...
  • Aneta Bak
    2018-05-14
    This book is told from the perspective of Theo Miller, and is told in many different time lines. At times, the different time lines seem to blur together, but I think that made me want to read it even more. Theo Miller works in the Criminal Audit Office, where he evaluates crimes and puts a number to said crime. If the “criminal” can pay, they are free, if they cannot they go to the “patty line” where they practically become slave workers...
  • Robyn
    2018-07-08
    3.5 that I'm rounding up. This was a bit of a rough one to listen to; the ever changing timeline was hard to grasp at the beginning, but it became clear soon enough (plus wonderful narration). The real issue was that this is a dark book, one that is scarily plausible - not much of an escape in this day and age! If you like Claire North's other books, you'll probably like this one!
  • Bella
    2018-06-02
    I was given the first five chapters as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review: I really enjoyed this excerpt of the first five chapters. It makes me want to know more and what will happen in this world
  • Xavi
    2018-06-10
    Escenario interesante, pero la historia se desinfla más o menos por la mitad.https://dreamsofelvex.blogspot.com/20...
  • Kopratic
    2018-05-22
    84K was my first foray into the writing of Claire North, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect. The description intrigued me, though, so I decided to give it a go. And wow.This book made me angry. It made me despair. At times it almost made me lose hope, but there was always a thread of hope running through the text. In short, I loved this book.The most frightening part about this book is that we aren’t really sure the time period it’s se...
  • R
    2018-07-22
    3.5* Claire North has a very distinct style. Her prose and writing style in 84k is the what shines best in this novel. The sheer word use and stylistic breakdowns of chapters and sentences would sometimes leave you breathless. Her novels of late have had amazing concepts, this being one of them. The world these characters live in could be some element of the present past or even future unfortunately. However I felt like this was a little more sty...
  • Sandra
    2018-05-10
    I have attempted to read this book more than once and just cannot get into it.Its a shame as I loved the sound of the blurb, it sounded like it would be a fascinating read. However the pace of the book was too slow for me and it jumped about a lot. It basically left me feeling like it wasn't going anywhere fast.I'm afraid its a one star and a Did Not Finish from me.On a positive note I love the cover image, it's simplistic yet very intriguing at ...
  • Vanessa
    2018-06-15
    1.5 stars. I’m so bummed. I love North’s book “The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” and had high expectations for this one. But once again, I find myself very disappointed - this is another perfect example of a book that has a unique and interesting premise but falls completely flat on execution. First, the writing style leaves much to be desired. Incomplete, repetitive sentences that just trail off. Over and over and over again. It w...
  • USOM
    2018-05-03
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)I knew I'd be blown away by North's world building - by the concept of the Criminal Audit Office and the ways society is further breaking down. What can I say, I'm an intense nerd. But what I didn't really anticipate was how much Theo would resonate with me. Just how much his plight, his struggles, his motivations would move me...
  • Borja
    2018-06-19
    2,5Una pequeña decepción. No solo por las expectativas, sino porque las primeras 150 paginas me resultaron muy interesantes y la cosa prometía. Sin embargo, a partir de ahi, la historia cae en el aburrimiento y si remonta al final es por la propia emocion del thriller. Una lastima que un escenario tan bien presentado termine desaparecido.
  • Justine
    2018-06-27
    I'm so very disappointed. I love Claire North, I automatically buy her books regardless of what they're about. She's unique in her writing and ideas and I love her books. Usually.Except this one.There's this thing happening where she writes unfinished sentences. I get that she has her own writing style but this was just irritating and confusing and just too quirky. Yes, if it's explained it can add to the story but this was just half sentences wi...
  • Herminia Chow
    2018-04-08
    About the book: It’s a standalone sci-fi novel where rich people can commit crimes and pay them off instead of get punished. I received an advanced reader copy from Hachette.First impressions: I had no idea what to expect, but I was taken aback by the writing style. Nevertheless, the story slowly but surely started to grow on me.Characters: By the end of the novel, I liked the characters more than I did at the beginning. Theo, the protagonist, ...
  • April
    2018-04-16
    2.5I got this book as an ARC at a library conference. The premise was fantastic and I was really excited to dive in, but the book itself just got tiresome. It started reading like a really long, exhausting, overly emotional poem with a bit of narrative prose thrown in. There just wasn’t enough plot to justify how long this book dragged on. In the end, it was a disappointment.
  • Lori
    2018-06-13
    The only reason for deducting one star is because the timelines are all over the place. I thought I had a handle on it within the first 2 chapters but as the book galloped to the end my head got a bit screwy. But that’s just another part of the discombobulated narrative of this book as a view of our present world. Well done!
  • Damian Dubois
    2018-07-21
    Definitely my type of book but I can see yet again how Claire North can not be everyone’s cup of tea. A very bleak look on life, perish the thought of it ever got this bad...
  • Reese
    2018-05-30
    3.5 stars. It was a really strange writing style where everything sort of trailed off and it was difficult to know who was speaking. What they were taking about. What was going on?!! But. The story was compelling and my kind of story - a dystopia that doesn’t seem all that far fetched in a way. A company that runs everything? No human rights, just a fine for each crime... interesting concept that kept me engaged even with that strange writing s...