Book Review: Pale by Chris Wooding

Title: Pale
Author: Chris Wooding
Pages: 72
Publisher: Stoke Books
ISBN: 1781120919
Source: Netgalley

The Lazarus Serum can bring you back from the dead – but when you come back you’ve changed – you’re a Pale, an outcast. It’s the last thing Jed wants, but an accident changes everything and Jed’s forced to discover the true cost of living forever.



Pale is about a story where the dead can be brought back to life and can come live with the living. The question is would you want to be with the living if you can’t even live your life like you used to.

Here’s the rundown: Jed, who is the lead in our story, is a privilege kid who makes fun at Pales just for the giggles. One day, he dies saving his girlfriend Sadie and woke up being a Pale himself. Sadie on the other hand rejects him afterwards because of his new status. With that, Jed devices a plan to make Sadie a pale but eventually everything didn’t go out as planned and Jed accepted his new life. End.

Pale is indeed as interesting as it sounds but the lack of a good background and character building was making me hesitant about this story. With only 72 pages, who wouldn’t enjoy this short read right but as I said, there wasn’t really a solid background as to how the process of being a Pale was implemented or why. Those are two of the most important element but was not explored thoroughly in the story, everything was just discussed in passing. Imagine having the leisure to  be brought back again but being stripped down with everything you have – no house, no money, no rights.

That’s basically it. This story is very promising and deserves more exploration but it didn’t have that opportunity in this story which is why I end up with more questions after reading it. The ending was so abrupt and open ended it was frustrating. There is nothing wrong with short stories but Pale was just lacking in major areas. It was a fast read, interesting and gripping but the shortcomings was just too much for me.

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Mary Grace

An avid reader who enjoys the company of books than her friends. Goes through everyday as a work slave by trade but in reality, works just to sustain her addiction with books. A busy bee who perfected the act of procrastination. Loves the smell of coffee but favors tea anytime of the day.

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