I’ve been a rather awful book club member this year and haven’t managed to keep up with the book of the month reads, never mind the side reads since the beginning of the year. Therefore, I’m on a little bit of a mission to catch up before the end of the year. Sourdough by Robin Sloan was the April book of the month, that I’ve only just read in October.
This review will probably be a little short. This wasn’t a huge book and I don’t have an awful lot to say on it.
Lois Clary is a robotics programmer in San Francisco who works tirelessly. She discovers a local sandwich take away that she falls in love with and ends up ordering their amazing Sourdough and spicy soup from them every evening. They abruptly shut shop and gift her the demanding sourdough starter. Lois takes it upon herself to take care of the starter and starts to use it to bake her own Sourdough which becomes rather popular at the company she works for. She soon gets introduced to an exclusive and underground farmers market that is attempting to combine food and technology which on the surface of it, seems like a perfect fit for Lois. However things don’t end up going quite to plan.
So, I have to be brutal, I didn’t like this book. I got through it but mostly because it was short and once I’d started, I thought I may as well give it a go. I don’t always read the description of blurb for books before I read, but I had read this one and knew right away I probably wouldn’t be into it.
I don’t feel like it really had any point to the story. For the beginning part I was a little interested as I wanted to know what Lois was going to do. As I got to the middle, I was just reading in order to get to the end as I expected something pretty spectacular was going to happen…surely. Then I got to the end, and oh what an end. It all just got very weird, a little OTT and just a bit pointless.
I don’t like giving negative reviews, but I have to be honest and this book just didn’t do it for me. There were others in my book club that did enjoy this book so it’s obviously not a complete disaster, just not one for me!
“The internet: always proving that you’re not quite as special as you suspected.”
Sourdough by Robin Sloan