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.**