One Word Kill is an immersive, unique and fun journey is a constant series of emotions.
"It's always a shock, when you've been hit by a calamity, to see the world go about its business with perfect indifference."
One Word Kill is the first book in the Impossible Times series by Mark Lawrence. It has many similar aspects to Stranger Things, as it is set in the 1980s, and the central characters are teenagers who love D&D.
What a brilliant read!
The prose was incredibly fluid and smooth, just as it was with every other book by Mark Lawrence I have read. The journey from page to page was easy, and time did not come into account as I read from one chapter to the next. It created the perfect tone, with humour embedded perfectly throughout, without distracting from the serious scenes created.
The plot was fantastic and a lot happened considering the small page-count of this book. Each event that took place was clever and developed the plot to another level, and led on to another chapter of unexpected scenes. During this, there was a significant amount of character development that was brilliantly portrayed through decisions in pivotal moments, and their actions rather than thoughts.
"Simon looked at the world differently. He was the sort to notice the number plate of a car hurtling toward him. The rest of us would be busy getting out the way."
It is partly because of this that the characters were my favourite aspect of the novel. The dialogue and interactions expanded them further, and the D&D sessions were just wonderful. Immersive, hilarious and interesting. Each person was established with their own set of realistic characteristics that were consistent and succeeded in either making me love them, or hate them.
"If you've no intention of obeying, then why not agree?"
One Word Kill was an absolute five-star read, no question about it. There was constant enjoyment oozing from every page. I was invested in the lives of these characters and found myself thinking about them during my daily activities. I felt fear, excitement, satisfaction and sorrow, it truly was a flurry of emotions. I look forward to reading Limited Wish, and then Dispel Illusion that comes out later this year.
Nick Hayes takes the news of his imminent death pretty well, or at least as well as any fifteen-year-old boy would. With an aggressive form of leukemia, the same disease he lost his father to a few years back, he knows that he has to live in full the last few months of his life. And what would that entail? Playing D&D with his friends, of course. But when the seemingly random events of his D&D campaign start mirroring real-life situations, or vice versa, he realizes that leukemia may not be his biggest problem yet.