Urgle by Meaghan McIsaac, reviewed by Tony Bradman
Too much of Urgle’s world is left unexplained. We know the Mothers abandon boy babies and not baby girls, and that’s an incendiary scenario, with a question at the heart of it that needs to be answered. But McIsaac does nothing with it: we never find out why the Mothers behave in this way, so the story is left unresolved despite a hectic series of rescues and escapes. I feel a sequel coming on, but that’s not such an exciting prospect as it could have been.
In the context of this review, it’s worth reading Bradman’s take on reviewing and criticism: