Book Review: Creation by Kat Mellon

CREATIONTitle: Creation

Author: Kat Mellon

Genre: Literary Fiction

Rating: 4,5 stars

Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Who owns what you create?

Creation is a provocative exploration of what it means to be free. Set in a dystopian future where creativity is exclusively harnessed for the greater good, two artistically talented individuals remind us all never to take for granted the product of our own work and imagination.

Creation is inspired by Ayn Rand’s Anthem and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.

I started reading Creation thinking nothing much about it. The blurb didn’t say much, so I had zero expectations. Turns out this book was a pleasant surprise. It’s a very short read, at only 42 pages in .pdf format, but it’s a thought-provoking, provocative story that explores boundaries of freedom and creation, and dares to explain what it means to truly be free. The story is set in a dystopian future where creatvitiy is harnessed for the greater good, it’s forbidden to prefer one artistic piece above another, and those who think they’re more talented than others are severely punished. It’s not a bright future, not one I’d want to live in, but it shows us how often creativity is taken for granted, sometimes by the artist, but more often by the general public.

In the future, all artistic, creative people are forced to say in one house, where they fill their days writing manuscripts, working on paintings, practicing ballets, or writing symphonies, etcetera. They’re stacked in the house alphabetically, and our main character is in the room with the ‘J’s, Janet, Jess, etc. Creativity is used solely for the greater good, and the individuals themselves have no gain from it. Every masterpiece they write is taken away, every painting they finish is stolen from them. It’s a frustrating world, where not even creativity is truly free anymore.

The story was interesting, but even more so was the commentary in the novel, the silent and thoughtful punch to today’s society, especially online, where ideas are stolen in the hundreds, where talented artists get their art copied and misused every single day. A short, fast-paced read that made me think for a long time about the true meaning of creativity.


P.S. Kat’s hosting a contest for Creation! Learn more about it by clicking the image below.

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