Book Review

Review – Bearmouth by Liz Hyder

It’s my turn on the blog tour for Bearmouth by Liz Hyder today. A very uniqued story that I have totally loved reading a few weeks back!


It only taykes one person to start a revolushun 

Life in Bearmouth is one of hard labour, the sunlit world above the mine a distant memory. Reward will come in the next life with the benevolence of the Mayker. New accepts everything – that is, until the mysterious Devlin arrives. Suddenly, Newt starts to look at Bearmouth with a fresh perspective, questioning the system, and setting in motion a chain of events that could destroy their entire world. 

In this powerful and brilliantly original debut novel, friendship creates strength, courage is hard-won and hope is the path to freedom.

My Review:

Bearmouth by Liz Hyder has got to be one of the most surprising books I have read in 2019. It has taken me by a complete surprise and it is hard to believe it is Liz Hyder’s debut novel!

It is quite hard to describe the writing style of Bearmouth. It is dark, raw, gritty and totally original. It is categorised as young adult but to be very honest it doesn’t read like YA at all. After the first 50 pages I was completely hooked and totally forgot that it was a YA story.

The setting of the story is so unique and not like anything I have read before. The underground mining has served as a dark and ambitious backdrop of the whole story. It feels creepy, chilling and monstrous. Because Liz has excellently captured and portrayed the suffocating atmosphere, Bearmouth has become one of the most memorable books for me! What I also really love about this story is the dynamic between the characters; it was fantastically executed: complex, multi-dimensional, believable. Newt as the main character in Bearmouth has become one of my favourite YA characters; Brave, courageous and so very inspiring.

Overall, this is a book that will stay with me for a long time to come. One that is bound to become classic one day, it is outstanding!

Thank you so much Elise and Pushkin Press for gifting me this beautiful copy to review. Bearmouth is out now, make sure you go check it out!

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