Metronome (Hardback)
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Metronome (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 31/03/2022

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Centred around the singular dystopian vision of an island where two prisoners lived tethered together, Watson's electrifying novel layers revelation on revelation in a page-turning slice of chilling speculative fiction.

Not all that is hidden is lost. For twelve years Aina and Whitney have been in exile on an island for a crime they committed together, tethered to a croft by pills they must take for survival every eight hours. They've kept busy - Aina with her garden, her jigsaw, her music; Whitney with his sculptures and maps - but something is not right.

Shipwrecks have begun washing up, and their supply drops have stopped. And on the day they're meant to be collected for parole, the Warden does not come. Instead there's a sheep. But sheep can't swim...

As days pass, Aina begins to suspect that their prison is part of a peninsula, and that Whitney has been keeping secrets. And if he's been keeping secrets, maybe she should too. Convinced they've been abandoned, she starts investigating ways she might escape. As she comes to grips with the decisions that haunt her past, she realises her biggest choice is yet to come.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526639547
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 606 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Taut, unsettling and so completely charged with both tension and emotion, I found myself captivated by Metronome. I loved the clarity of its vision and the clean intensity of its prose, and I know that its vivid characters and the bleak, brutal beauty of the world they inhabit will haunt my dreams for a long time now, in the absolute best of ways - Naomi Ishiguro

With echoes of Emily St John Mandel and Megan Hunter, this haunting literary thriller is about survival, loss and the binds that unite and break us. Chilling, eerie and powerful - Elizabeth Macneal

A pure, tender, terrifying vision that had me gripped to its beat from the first page. Cleverly imagined and beautifully creepy, it’s a story as moving as it is chilling - Emma Stonex

Echoes the likes of Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven … A compellingly crafted debut, rich in tension and atmosphere - Living Magazine

Imagined with an impressively detailed three-dimensional solidity - Sunday Times

I loved it … You could feel the chill of the wind … Fantastic; it’s a great book - Sara Cox

Stylish and thoughtful … The setup is delicious … A talented writer. The eerie claustrophobia of the setting will stay with the reader for a long while. The relationship between his characters is memorably, and often wittily, drawn - Literary Review

A great debut novel that tells a story of survival and mistrust with skill and craft - Storgy

Unputdownable … An extraordinary book … Metronome might well be a brave new world created by Tom Watson, as insightful and as premonitory as Orwell’s 1984 - Litro

Tom Watson has conjured a relationship corroded by compromise and capitulation, and worked it into an extraordinary love story — or rather, a story of what love looks like when affection and trust have fallen away - The Times

Dystopian island drama that packs a punch … A bold debut - Observer

Atmospheric … Watson’s use of language is nuanced and sensitive, with landscape writing especially a sensory highlight - Guardian

An element of 1984 and Big Brother is watching you … I found myself squirreling off just so I could get another quick chapter in … It’s such a page-turner - Adrian Scarborough

It really gave an insight to the human psyche, the power of the mind - Emeli Sande

The rhythm of the book is what struck me - Kate Bottley

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“Sadly as monotonous as it’s name suggests.”

I had approached this book with high hopes: The premise of two people being exiled to a remote island for 12 years as a punishment is intriguing. A dystopian book perhaps? I still don’t know.
I don’t know ultimately... More

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“Between The Covers - Series 4 Book”

I was delighted to get my hands on this book, as it is one of The Between The Covers Series 4 reads and I simply love that show - so obviously I had to read it.
I had seen mixed reviews for this so I started it with... More

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“Metronome”

For 12 years Aina and Whitney have survived on a desolate island, held prisoner by the ‘pill clock’, a device which, every 8 hours, dispenses a serum they cannot survive without.
When the Warden does not arrive to... More

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