The Anointed is one of 2018's #SPFBO's ten finalists; this is BookNest's official score for the competition.

I’ll say it out front: I did not enjoy my time with Keith Ward’s The Anointed. That’s not to say the book doesn’t have merits – there is an imaginative quality about the setting of this novel, a world in which nothing floats on water, where people know their lifespan nearly from the moment of their birth (or their ‘Span’, as used in the novel), and where that same Span can be transferred to another at the cost of the transferrer’s life. The cover is also pretty damn neat!

99 Days (Red Proxy #2) 08, Jul

99 Days is the kind of book with a strong concept but underwhelmed by almost every other factor in the book.