Nick Harkaway’s Tigerman – A Novel, is a pretty strange book and unlike anything I have ever read. Environmental disaster has struck and the population of Mancreu, a doomed island is fleeing. Lester Ferris has been sent to half-heartedly mind the British portion of the retreat. Ferris is ex-army, bored and feeling pretty useless, but he has befriended a young boy. As tensions rise amidst increasingly vicious, yet seemingly random acts of violence, Ferris and the boy formulate a unique response.
The whole thing is a fast-paced and well-written mystery set within an environmental dystopia. Lester Ferris and the boy are both great characters, and so I was hooked. What I liked best was the way their friendship developed and the juxtapositions of their evolving relationship. “Never assume” pretty much sums up this great read.