Saturday 16 December 2023

Cat Society by Ray Sadri

Cat SocietyCat Society by Ray Sadri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 304

Publisher - The Book Guild

Source - Review copy

Blurb from Goodreads

Cat Society is a witty and bonkers story of life and politics in Westminster – reimagining the debates, events and headlines of recent years had the world been run by cats. A lot changes. A lot doesn’t.

The country is on the brink of bankruptcy, and backbencher Douglas Schnitty is disappointed with the thousands of homeless cats sleeping by the bins. He gets frustrated with higher powers who only seem to care about their own interests and preserving the country’s finances.

He schmoozes and sabotages his way through the political elite, from assisting the bombastic Hector Perp Pahpousson to disrupting the plans of the Prime Minister. Can his conscience save him, and the slum cats, as events spiral out of control?

My Review

I love cats and I hate politics so I will be honest and say I was 50/50 on this because I didn't know how I would find it. Dudes! So "hoomans" are extinct and cats are running the world, they are living as we did, they have a government, housing issues, shady politicians, scandals, everything we did but they are cuter.

The book has cutesy catness, political satire, a few of the cats I was like that reminds me of X politician and some of the shady behaviours. There are undertones of realistic issues and topics but all done with some humour, cats galore, their attitudes, their behaviours all hammed up to echo the human world.

There are a handful of main characters and whilst I haven't read it I have seen animal farm and this gave me a bit of echoes of that. I loved the unique friend Snuffles, I loved the softer characters which made you despise the shader ones *cough Hector cough*, the Prime Minister - Marjorie Wilson who was a bit of a mixed bag and Douglas, good but flawed.

Some of the book is silly/ludicrous but I feel it actually mirrors a lot of the state our world of politics has been/is. And anything with cats added is better, a whole world of cats - it is pretty genius. Relevant without being preachy and a few flashes of emotive with a well blended/flowing funny. If you are wanting something a bit different, light with a few serious/tones/issues but hilarity at play too - absolutely check this one out, 4/5.

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