Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things Bright Young Things wanted for Big Project They re in the prime of their lives but our bright young things are all burnt out Six sparky twenty somethings just out of university and working dead end jo

Bright Young Things wanted for Big Project They re in the prime of their lives but our bright young things are all burnt out Six sparky twenty somethings just out of university and working dead end jobs, they are all bored to tears with their lives and looking for a way out When a mysterious job is advertised in the newspaper, they all apply What they least expect is Bright Young Things wanted for Big Project They re in the prime of their lives but our bright young things are all burnt out Six sparky twenty somethings just out of university and working dead end jobs, they are all bored to tears with their lives and looking for a way out When a mysterious job is advertised in the newspaper, they all apply What they least expect is to find themselves prisoners on a deserted island There s food in the fridge and they have a bedroom each, but there s no telephone, no television, and no way to escape.

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  1. Scarlett Thomas has taught English Literature at the University of Kent since 2004, and has previously taught at Dartmouth Community College, South East Essex College and the University of East London She reviews books for the Literary Review, the Independent on Sunday, and Scotland on Sunday She has written seven novels, including The End of Mr Y and PopCo.In 2001 she was named by The Independent as one of 20 Best Young Writers In 2002 she won Best New Writer in the Elle Style Awards, and also featured as an author in New Puritans, a project led by the novelists Matt Thorne and Nicholas Blincoe.

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  1. I think I m falling in love with Scarlett Thomas books Bright Young Things was a really surprising read about nothing No seriously, nothing really happens in the book The book mainly relies on the characters talking And they talk about nothing and everything TV shows, videogames, life, love, sex etc.This sounds boring to you Then don t read this book.If not, let me tell you, that the characters are in their mid twenties and sort of lost in their own life after graduating from university They hav [...]

  2. I normally enjoy stories that start with a mystery and have a good twist From start to finish, though, I disliked this book Unfortunately, I have a rule about finishing ones I ve started The plot is clumsy, the suspense lacking and the dialogue is cringe worthy and exhausting The characters are flat and don t develop much at all, and the story falls flat then ends without warning Much like this review.

  3. What is this genre I really liked Scarlett Thomas s End of Mr Y, so I ve been on the lookout for of her work End of Mr Y was bizarre sciency, academic, sexy drugged up magical realism with mice Obviously it was fantastic This one is still weird but not in the obvious ways that Mr Y was The general story is that 6 young people find themselves on a deserted island with no idea why That s it That s the story In the introduction to the novel Thomas describes how this book will become dated very qui [...]

  4. Starting a Scarlett Thomas book gives me the same warm glow as putting cold feet into warm slippers, curling up on the settee with a liquer coffee after a hard day or hearing the opening tune of your favourite weekly drama series Pure pleasure After 50 plus years of reading 100s if not 1000s of books, I think Scarlett is my favourite author There is something so comfortable and familiar about her opening sentences its like meeting an old friend.This book did not disappoint even though it is one [...]

  5. This is one of Scarlett Thomas s earlier novels, published in 2001 and set in 1999 As I ve read the author s books in almost reverse chronological order, and found the most recent Our Tragic Universe to be the best, I wasn t sure what to expect from this, particularly when I began reading and realised it s written in third person I just have a personal preference for first person narratives, plus all three of the other books I ve read by Thomas have been written in first person But the story has [...]

  6. Pop culture heavy but ahead of its time, Bright Young Things was, like the filmMy Little Eye, written before the advent of Big Brother yet taps into similar territory with a post modern edge which than 12 years on has not dated This is thanks to Thomas typically brilliant written characters, wonderful ideas and ability to wring humour and pathos in equal measure out of a fascinating set up Though not on the same level as future masterpieces The Curse Of Mr Y and Our Tragic Universe, this recent [...]

  7. I was really enjoying this book until the last page I m so glad it was only 20p on Kindle I would have regretted paying the full amount The whole concept of the book was enthralling and somewhat originally done, but the ending ruined the whole thing for me I was unsatisfied and left feeling like the ending was written in 10 minutes I didn t have some sort of epiphany like some others seem to have done The characters were underdeveloped, unlikeable and at times unbelievable I m just going to try [...]

  8. Slow starthoping it ll get better, especially with the very tiny print I m putting up with Gave up halfway Had no idea where it was all going and the characters weren t engaging enough for me to persevere 13 down the drain

  9. Bright Young Things is either a book about escape or practicality Hmm, this is the scenario here all of the characters are living horrible lives and they re unhappy and unsatisfied with their lives well, except for Anne who s just going with the flow She s my favorite, by the way And suddenly, without any warning, they have woken up on an island out of no where where all their needs are met you know, food, living accommodations, good company, romance, etc It s like they have woken up in a paradi [...]

  10. I don t have much to say about this book except I can now see why it was free To be fair, it s a good IDEA for a book, just a shame the book itself was so terrible It was interesting for about five pages around page 263 if i remember correctly , they talk about masturbation every single chapter, it s so random and unrealistic AND THEN you get to the end of the book, realise the book had no ending, nothing is resolved, and you ve just wasted several hours of your life Don t waste your time with t [...]

  11. DNF.It was interesting for a while, a group of people applied for a job and woke up in an island, not knowing how they got there or how to get out I wanted to keep on reading but I didn t like the characters if I was trapped in an island with some blokes I didn t know I wouldn t flirt with them or think about getting laid I would actually try to get the hell out Instead these people talk about their favourite TV shows and video games, which wasn t very fun I also read a review saying that the en [...]

  12. Das Buch war definitiv eine berraschung f r mich Ich habe es eigentlich nur aufgrund des Covers aus der Bibliothek ausgeliehen wie so oft und hatte keine Ahnung ber Handlung oder Autor.Die Geschichte ist sehr kurz erz hlt 6 junge Menschen in den Zwanzigern bewerben sich im Jahre 1999 auf ein mysteri ses Stellenangebot und landen nach einer Einladung zum Vorstellungsgespr ch auf einer abgeschiedenen kleinen Insel irgendwo in um Gro britannien Keiner wei warum und wieso Danach geht es eigentlich e [...]

  13. I really enjoyed this book and would have given it 5 stars if it wasn t for the disappointing ending The book is set out with chapters titled by characters names until they all mysteriously find themselves together From then the book is chaptered by number but with the perspectives shifting with each new chapter I liked the diversity of the characters and the fact that they each represented certain types For example, Thea was the anxious, over thinker type, Emily was the middle class, no strange [...]

  14. Bright Young Things is a novel where six twenty somethings are essentially abducted and stranded on an island after all applying to take part in the Bright Young Things project The island contains ample food and other resources, but it is remote and with no clear way of leaving Now with that premise one would naturally expect a plot full of mystery and tension as six young people try to figure out the meaning behind their abduction and, crucially, how they are going to free themselves from the s [...]

  15. Erm, ok if you are dead set on reading this, you may want to know this First off, feel free to skip the Preface It s not just spoiling some of the story, it s also very tedious So, save your strength for the long, long, long and very tedious dialogues that are to follow view spoiler in the never ending Truth or Dare game hide spoiler.Secondly, it might not be all wise to read this whilst sober or otherwise in a clear state of mind, especially not if you are a practical person You know, one of th [...]

  16. Lets be honest, there s barely any kind of plot going on here, this novel is basically an excuse to get six characters together in a strange isolated situation, talking about little but pop culture In the introduction, Scarlett herself admits the plot element was basically begrudgingly added at her publisher s behest, and the conclusion barely deserves being recognised as such Luckily, though, the dialogue flows with the kind of believability, grace and fluidity that Tarantino used to get in his [...]

  17. Six twenty somethings reply to a job advert seeking bright young things and, after an introductory vignette each, journey to Edinburgh for the interview Next thing they know, they re marooned on a desert island together Well, sort of they re in a nice, well provisioned house, but it s still on an island which is otherwise unoccupied How did they get there, and why This might all sound a bit Big Brother Lost but it pre dates both properties Moreover, despite the plot summarised above, the book is [...]

  18. I bought this for twenty whole English pence for my Kindle because it sounded alright I didn t have any strong feelings either way about it, but I thought for 20p, I couldn t really go wrong The book began with an introduction from the author which to be honest, nearly put me off reading the entire book It was a load of pretentious waffle about how she had thought up the idea for Big Brother Castaway first and so on, and so on, and what her book really MEANS It might be the case that she dreamed [...]

  19. This was originally written in 1999, but this edition was reprinted in 2014 to include a blurb from the author In it, she says I wanted it to be a kind of time capsule that you could open ten years, twenty years, fifty years later and be surprised both by the things in it that still exist and by the things that are only faint memories Mission accomplished this was a delight for a nostalgia junkie like me A newspaper ad seeks Bright Young Things no information Out of all the applicants, six are [...]

  20. I was hugely disappointed in this book I can t believe the jacket blurb compared Scarlett Thomas with Murakami and Coupland She is completely inferior to both of them On the basis of this offering her work is completely boring, dull and pedestrian Since nothing much really happens in this book it really would require wonderful use of language and brilliant character development to hold its own It has neither The characters all seemed to be stereotypes and utterly forgettable Until the very end I [...]

  21. I usually love Scarlett Thomas but this one less so This was her first, repackaged to sell on Kindle Written during the late 90s during the zeitgeist of reality tv shows like Big Brother and Survivor she insists she wrote the book before seeing either of those shows we end up with six twenty somethings on an island Unfortunately none of those twenty somethings are remotely likeable and you kind of don t care what happens to them Lots and lots of lovely late 90s British pop culture though which i [...]

  22. This book is awful I simply cannot understand why anyone would rate this positively The story line had such great potential, I was totally captivated by just picking it up in a bookstore and reading the backcover Little did I know what horrid storytelling I was in for The story felt dragged out, then rushed, dragged out then rushed The ending was so disappointing there aren t even words there basically wasnt ending, just something she scrapped together in half an hour before she had to submit it [...]

  23. The plot of this early Scarlett Thomas novel is like And then There Were None meets The Breakfast Club six young strangers in the late 1990 s find themselves mysteriously stranded on a remote island where they have been expected as there are 6 prepared ensuite bedrooms, clothing, plenty of food, drink laid on, etc While the 20 somethings try and figure out why they have been brought to the island, they also bare their souls to one another This is definitely the weakest book in my opinion of thos [...]

  24. I m so glad they ve re issued this as I d been trying to get hold of a copy for years I think the fact that the book is full of pop culture references from the late 90s actually made it a interesting read so many years on It made me completely nostalgic and was really fun 5IVE so I m sort of glad I didn t read it until now And the author s introduction was great at putting it in context.At first I was really annoyed at the ending but the I think about it, the perfect it actually was.

  25. This is the second book I have read from Scarlett Thomas and I m becoming a firm fan Six bright young things have gone on the job interview to hell To a deserted island with no idea how they got there or their purpose in being there The author kept me interested all the way through, and I really enjoyed that no character was perfect This made the story unique and added credibility.Please see my full review at bibliobeth.wordpress

  26. An intriguing concept that falls flat on it s face due to countless pages being padded out with exhaustingly monotonous dialogue.It was like I was sitting on a train being forced to listen to the conversation of two other very boring people I think I spent 3 or 4 pages reading about soap opera story archs from the 90s.Who would do that for entertainment

  27. Was quite intrigued by this book but was slightly disappointed, I think it had the basis of being a classic novel but all the potential was in vain The characters were mere shadows of what they could have been and the story had no real point of poignant conclusion Could have been so much better.

  28. I thought Bright Young Things was going to be intense, something dark and unsettling like the first Saw movie or similar movies where a group of strangers are kidnapped, wake up together somewhere dark and disturbing and crazy stuff happens.This is not what I got at all.Bright Young Things is rather a limp noodle.I loved the set up with the characters waking up in an island with no clue why they re there and what they re expected to do.The trouble is nothing happens I mean it There s plenty of f [...]

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