Disbanded KingdomDisbanded Kingdom by Polis Loizou

The writing was reminiscent of Bret Easton Ellis, namely his novel The Rules of Attraction. There are many parallels in Disbanded Kingdom to The Rules of Attraction: a rag-tag, privileged group of young people looking for a purpose in life, unrequited romantic feelings, reappearance of an ex-lover.

I had some difficulty with the writing style–painfully introspective and patronizing at times–and it took me about a third of the book to really get into the story. Different ethnicities and cultures are heavily mentioned throughout– some not so flattering. Politics is also a major talking point.

The story is told from Oscar’s perspective. He’s very obviously depressed and that comes through every page. I wanted him to find happiness or, at the very least, get to a better place. He has many luxuries and conveniences at his disposal, but doesn’t think he is worthy of those privileges.

I’d be interested in reading a sequel to get further insight to Oscar’s further discovery of himself.
**Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and impartial review.**

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