REVIEW: The Company Articles of Edward Teach

November 21, 2011 Ka'ela Ja'el
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BOOK: The Angælien Apocalypse/The Company Articles of Edward Teach

AUTHOR: Thoraiya Dyer

PUBLISHER: Twelfth Planet Press

RRP: $12.00

In The Company Articles of Edward Teach, Dyer takes the body swapping trope in a different direction. While it is about wish fulfilment, it isn’t jealousy and misunderstanding of another’s life. Rather it is about two teens, wishing they were anyone else. Both raised in orthodox families – Layla, a Muslim, resenting the dominance of her father, the control others have over her life. Avi, Jewish, and railing against the future his mother has mapped out for him.

A chance encounter sees their wishes fulfilled, not by swapping with each other, but by both being thrown into bodies in a different time and place. and explores the effect on the psyche.

The story tells the struggle of the teens to hold onto their identities, and to survive in a time of violence and sickness, as they try to implement and practice and hold onto what they know, understand and believe, when it isn’t compatible with the thinking of the time they are in.

Well told and fast paced, the story captures the brutality of the time period it is set in, and does a good job of portraying the confusion a modern teen would feel if they were confronted with this situation.

Overall I found this an enjoyable quick read.

 

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