Vera is born on the day an apocalyptic revenge is unleashed, annihilating half of the world’s population. Her birth marks the beginning of a new world order run by powerful gaming corporations. A warless existence with no poverty has been secured, until this fine balance becomes once more under threat.
Vera is the female David to beat Goliath and prevent further devastation. The future lies in her hands. It’s a game that she needs to win.
With a concept that I hadn’t read before and a storyline set in The Vatican City this book was an enjoyable read. A dystopian world influenced by video games and going through apocalyptic like setting. The idea that the Vatican City, which is commonly known as being an ancient and traditional constitution, the premise is what fascinates me the most. The Vatican City being influenced by video games and in a digital age, the novel itself is heavily Italian influenced, which I personally really enjoyed reading and learning more about. The spiritual and religious aspect of the novel interwoven with the apocalypse new age aspect really worked well which is testament to the authors writing skills, the attention to detail was really appreciated and cleverly thought out!
The novel is gripping and optimistic, The way the story develops and how it unfolds is interesting and engaging, Vera’s history and how she slots into this new world. It was captivating from start to finish, the plot also didn’t rush things but wasn’t too slow as to be unenjoyable. The symbolism within the novel, especially the David and Goliath aspect was my favourite point of the novel. David and Goliath is a biblical story about a smaller, weaker opponent who has to face someone stronger and bigger. Vera is dependent on her mother and the mother, daughter aspect with Alina and Vera paralleled the David and Goliath story with what they have to face in the story.
"I have been writing since a young age and graduated in 1981 as a literary translator. I travelled to Spain following graduation and worked as a translator from 1985 to 1989, mainly for Spanish newspaper El País. I joined theatre company Arte Livre in 1987 and was on tour for three years with the play Olhares de Perfil (Sideways Glance) as a co-writer. The play won a Special Fringe First Award in Edinburgh Festival in 1988 and took part in international theatre festivals throughout Europe. I moved to London in 1989 and produced and directed three documentaries with First Take before dedicating time to writing prose, whilst working as a translator. I have written for both theatre and film, and my works include both prose and poetry. In 1999, I specialized in subtitling and worked as a subtitler for more than ten years. I am a founder member and ex Chair of SUBTLE, The Subtitlers’ Association and was briefly a management committee member for the Postproduction Department of BECTU, London. Since 2008, I have been working solely on literary work. The dystopian novel The Vatican Games is my fourth book of fiction and the first in English. I have been living and working in Brighton since April 2009."