Book review: Broken Humanity by Karine Vivier.

22 Jun
Book review: Broken Humanity by Karine Vivier.

Broken Humanity is the first novella of Author Karine Vivier that has been translated from French to English. I like reading novellas every so often for a quick beginning middle and end. So I was happy when the author asked me to read and review Broken Humanity.


What do a young girl, an ex-convict and a mother have in common? “Broken Humanity” tells the story of three characters who, somewhere along the way, have lost touch with humanity in the eyes of society. Three characters, three parallel stories, a common thread. A debut thriller.

My Thoughts:

Broken Humanity is a short novella published first in French, then translated to English by Kirsty Olivant. Firstly the translation is excellent. If I hadn’t known it was originally in French, I would totally assume it was written by a native English speaker. Of course the names and places are based in France, but that fits in with how the book was originally written. It was quite nice to read a book based somewhere other than UK or USA.

The book has three different parts, where each character has an element of ‘broken humanity’ about them. The book made me feel tense the majority of the way through! which shows that the author has a talent for writing. Personally I found that the three parts could have been made longer and the novella could have been a book. I hesitate to say this because novellas are supposed to be short and that is the authors intention. In my opinion, I would have preferred this particular plot to be lengthened.

This was a strange read for me because there wasn’t any part ( for me) that I found satisfying. The plot was full of broken souls and it was a little depressing. With the title being ‘Broken Humanity‘, I can assume that this was the authors intention and she did it well because it gave me all the feels that a well written book can give a reader.

I would recommend this book to readers who want a short tense read. It is a book that makes you realise that the quick decisions you make may have life changing effects.




Posted by on June 22, 2019 in Books


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4 responses to “Book review: Broken Humanity by Karine Vivier.

  1. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    June 22, 2019 at 10:05 am

    You’ve officially read more books by French authors than me this year, haha! I know what you mean about novellas. That’s why I usually don’t read them. When they are really good, I always feel there could have been more, and that the author and the novel would have benefited from a longer work to develop everything.
    Brilliant review, lovely Amanda! xxx

    • chocolatepages

      June 27, 2019 at 3:05 pm

      I hope the Author will take the compliments I mean from this review, as it is difficult sometimes to describe that the writing was good, but they could write more, (while sounding complimentary). I hope she does write more books. Thanks Meggy.

  2. irena_bookdustmagic

    July 7, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    This book sounds like it lacks of hope, and that is why I’d think twice before picking it up.
    I believe it is a good novella though!

    • chocolatepages

      July 7, 2019 at 10:09 pm

      You got it just right there Irena. I’m glad that’s the way my review came across. ☺


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