And What Can We Offer You Tonight – Premee Mohamed
In a far future city, where you can fall to a government cull for a single mistake, And What Can We Offer You Tonight tells the story of Jewel, established courtesan in a luxurious House. Jewel’s world is shaken when her friend is murdered by a client, but somehow comes back to life. To get revenge, they will both have to confront the limits of loyalty, guilt, and justice.
Jewel lives and works as a courtesan in what is supposedly the best House in the city. But all is not so fabulous. Her friend Winfield is murdered by a client, mysteriously comes back to life, and sets out on a mission for revenge.
Winfield clearly has nothing to lose, so she goes all out in her quest for vengeance, but Jewel still has everything to lose and has a much more of a don’t rock the boat mentality.
A lot happens in this little novella. It reads like Jewel’s thoughts, sometimes fast and chaotic, and at other times slow, calm, and thought out. You get a real sense of the world that Jewel lives in. Where the smallest infraction can lead to government culls, and you mean absolutely nothing at all unless you are rich.
Jewel spends a lot of time explaining her world, all of the inconsistencies and the inequalities between the courtesans, clients, owners, and the people left behind in the town. You get a real sense of how trapped Jewel is.
I loved Winfield’s sense of not caring, though I do wish I had gotten to see a bit more of her. And I enjoyed the writing style, very flowy and frilly.
Have you read any good novellas lately? Let me know!
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with the ARC for this book. This is my honest review and all thoughts about this book are mine without influence.