Author: Ioana Visan
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian
Released: 20 December 2014
Series: Broken People #0.5
Don’t be shy and come inside! The Nightingale is waiting to take flight!
Welcome to The Nightingale Circus! Listen to the singer with an enchanting voice. Watch the knife throwers who are also prosthetic builders. Here is a telecharger on the run and a ballerina with no lungs. There is a broken pole dancer and an Asian bot. You’ll be amazed by a regular girl who becomes exquisite and frightening at the same time.
They’re better known as the famous Nightingale, the Blade Masters, the Magician, the Swan, the Firebird, the Rocket Girl, and the Golden Lady.
They are all waiting to tell you their story about how they came to the circus and why they stayed.
This is a companion short story collection to Broken People.
I received a copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Nightingale Circus is a novella prequel to the series Broken People, telling the backstories of the main characters and performers of the circus. I am yet to read the first novel, so I don't know more about the characters and the story as a whole. However, in saying that, this prequel really pulled me in and I will definitely be continuing the series.
Because I didn't have much context or setting due to having never read Broken People, I was a little lost, but putting aside this, I found that the six stories gave a very interesting insight into the characters, and how they ended up in the circus. There was an air of mystery surrounding each one, which added to the desire to read the first book.
The story takes place in a semi-dystopian world where a war in Asia is slowly seeing Japan take over the entire world. Most people in society are fitted with various prosthetics, which enhance certain aspects of their bodies and lives. The performers of The Nightingale Circus all have prosthetics and enhancements that help them create amazing performances each night as they travel across Europe.
The circus is made up of 'The Nightingale' a singer whose voice gets inside people's head; 'The Blade Masters' two ex-army men who are super strong and work on prosthetics; 'The Magician' a telecharger who is avoiding conscription; 'The Swan' a ballerina who has a prosthetic heart and lungs; 'The Firebird' a poll dancer who is repaying her surgery debt; 'The Rocket Girl' a discarded Japanese bot powered by a girl, that is launched out of a canon; and 'The Golden Lady'` a girl who has golden prosthetic arms and legs.
Pros: Ioana's writing style makes these characters so mysterious and the world that they live in so interesting. These stories make me want to read more about their lives and continue with the first book, and this is something all great prequels should do.
Cons: Personally, I think it would be best to read Broken People before this novella, as it would help set the scene and context of the entire story. Other than that, this story had no other drawbacks.
Overall, I highly recommend that you check out The Nightingale Circus and Broken People. I have not explored the dystopian genre that much, but I thoroughly enjoyed this, and can't wait to read the first book in the series.