Finally finishing up some to-reads on my long list before we approach my favourite month of all-time. Have a spooky read to recommend? Please let me know and I’ll be eternally grateful. x
Senlin Ascends (Josiah Bancroft, 2013)
The blackboard rattled and rocked on its feet, shaken by Senlin’s emphatic jots. “Instinct is the fuel that fires the engine of civilization. Generations have labored to build and perfect the engine. Each of you, I hope, will spend your life working to preserve it. Because without it, we would be dangerous beasts.”
During their honeymoon to the Tower of Babel, Thomas Senlin loses his wife Marya to the crowds. His only hope of finding her may just be to ascend the Tower, but the mild-mannered headmaster soon learns that the climb will take every inch of wit and mettle he can gather.
From the first moment he steps in the playhouse, it becomes clear that the Tower is the star of Senlin Ascends. The novel shines in its inventive world building, introducing a fascinating universe that not only stretches skywards, but is anchored by bizarre sets of rules.