THE COMPLETIONIST BY SIOBHAN ADCOCK - BOOK REVIEW

At first, I wasn't really sure if I would like this book, I almost DNFed it a couple of times but I ended up pushing through and, for the most part, enjoying it.

Hello everyone!

I'm back with another book review, The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock. Thanks so much to BookSparks for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.



This book follows Carter, a Marine who has returned to his family home in a near-future America after his sister, Fred, gets pregnant. Because of some sort of chemical in the old-world water, fertility rates have been extremely low. As a result, any pregnancy is treated as a miracle. Women are assigned Care Standards and Care Hours, tracked through implanted devices, to ensure they are meet proper standards of health. However, many women are unable to fulfil the unreasonable expectations and are forced to pay fines - something that the wealthy can manage but for the impoverished, it means a life-long debt. Carter and Fred's sister, Gardner, is a Nurse Completionist, who helped women reach their levels, but she is missing and Carter has to find her before it's too late.

I think the plot of this book itself was pretty unique and interesting. I'm sure people will draw comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale, especially now with the popularity of the show, but since I haven't read or seen it, I can't really say too much about the similarities. It's been a while since I've read a dystopian, let alone an adult dystopian, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.

My main issue with this book was that beyond the plot of trying to find out where Gard was and why she disappeared in the first place, there wasn't really a lot going on. Most of the book was setting up the background and developing the new gadgets and ways of life in the new world. There wasn't much book space for a lot of plot so - understandably - the book was a little lighter on the plot.

I also felt like the ending happened right in the middle of when we were finally figuring out what was going on. The book just kind of ended right when they explained everything. I don't think there will be a sequel so I think there could have been a different ending. Also along those lines, I felt like not everything was as fully explained as it could have been. We get a lot of half-explained issues that crop up and never really get resolved over the course of the book.

Overall, I liked this one enough to finish it, but I don't think it will be one that I am excited to talk about.