Book Review · Psychology · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Equilibria

This month I had the pleasure of partnering with BookSirens and Vrinda Pendred to read Equilibria. Thank you to both for the gifted copy of this book.

Synopsis

Meet Anna Nolon. She is obsessive…about everything. She worries about her grades, her appearance, germs, the pattern of her footsteps, the number of syllables in the words she says, her parents’ approval, the future and, most of all, death.

It’s okay – so does everyone else. This is Equilibria: the first society built to accommodate OCD.

But when Aaron comes along – the strange new boy who doesn’t quite fit into that pristine society of Holy Balance and Order – Anna is forced to look at the dark shadows hanging over her and decide if perfection is really what she wants.

Review

Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. It was an interesting read for someone who has OCD herself. Much of what Anna was going through in the book I could relate to. I think that Vrinda Pendred did a fantastic job of explaining what the disease is like, while at the same time respecting the disease for the impact that it has on people. I also think she did a fantastic job describing what the other side starts to look like when you are fighting the disease. I am not sure if that was the true plan she had, but the image of sailing away in a boat will forever be in my mind when I think about OCD. The only thing that I did not like about this book is Equilibria: the first society built to accommodate OCD. While I did need accommodations while I was fighting the disease and sometimes still today, I would never, ever want to live in the fear for always like the people of Equilibria did. I hated that the book made it seem like those with OCD should be separated and accommodated. I think that is wrong on so many levels. I know when I was fighting the disease, all I wanted was to be like everyone else…to be “normal” again. Overall, I think Vrinda Pendred writes a great story with such detail to what the characters are experiencing, especially those with OCD. She writes of the struggles and the wanting to break free with such excellent descriptions that even without a diagnosis of OCD you can experience what the characters are going through. This was a fun book to get lost in.

Rating

About the Author

Vrinda originally grew up in Arizona, but moved to England in 1999, where she now lives with her husband and their two sons. Her first novel was The Ladder, a story about two friends learning to grow through their difficult childhoods and find the light that lies inside themselves. She followed this with the YA sci-fi / fantasy series The Wisdom.

Vrinda also runs a publishing house for writers with neurological conditions, called Conditional Publications. Their first book, Check Mates: A Collection of Fiction, Poetry and Artwork about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, by People with OCD, was released in 2010 (Kindle and paperback), with future books in the pipeline.

In addition to her writing, Vrinda also does freelance proofreading and editing, and spent 9 years tutoring GCSE / A-Level English.  She holds a BA Hons in English with Creative Writing, a proofreading qualification with the Publishing Training Centre, and has completed work experience with Random House.  On the side, she sometimes writes and performs her own music and runs a herbal tea review blog with a friend.

Favourite Book Genres: YA / NA, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror

Favourite Fiction Authors: Stephen King, Michael Grant, Graham Joyce, Cassandra Clare, Brigid Kemmerer, Holly Black, James Dashner, Margaret Atwood, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Edgar Allan Poe

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