(Very) Quick Review: THE SURVIVAL OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE by Tade Thompson (Tor.com)

ThompsonT-MS2-SurvivalOfMollySouthbourneUSMolly Southbourne returns: on the run, and maybe carrying another secret…?

Who was Molly Southbourne? What did she leave behind?

A burnt-out basement. A name stained in blood. Bodies that remember murder, one of them left alive. A set of rules that no longer apply.

Molly Southbourne is alive. If she wants to survive, she’ll need to run, hide, and be ready to fight. There are people who remember her, who know what she is and what she’s done. Some want her alive, some want her dead, and all hold a piece to the puzzles in her head. Can Molly escape them, or will she confront the bloody history that made her?

In this second novella featuring Molly Southbourne, Tade Thompson expands offers another entertaining, twisty and intriguing mystery. It’s very difficult to review this without spoiling the whole story of The Murders of Molly Southbourne. I think I want to avoid that, so I’m going to keep this review very short and to-the-point.

If you enjoyed the first novella, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this sequel. If you’ve read and enjoyed the author’s Rosewater series, then I also think you will enjoy this (even though they are very different). If you’re a fan of strange, slightly horrific real-world fantasy, then I strongly recommend you try this series.

Thompson’s prose is excellent, the pacing for both of these books is also great. A superb protagonist, fascinating characters, and excellent world-building. I very much enjoyed the way Thompson built on the foundations set by the first novella, expanding and changing our understanding of the “rules” of Molly’s condition, not to mention its origins and whether or not there are others like her. A side character from The Murders… returns, in a thread that is rather unsettling to read.

Very highly recommended.


Tade Thompson’s The Survival of Molly Southbourne is due to be published by Tor.com on July 9th, 2019, in North America and in the UK.

Also on CR: Review of The Murders of Molly Southbourne

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Review copy received via NetGalley

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