The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist, Marlaine Delargy (Translator)
I read 13 5-star books this year, but this is a no-brainer for me. The only book that's ever made me cry in book club, The Unit was powerful, stunning, eye-opening, and just ripped out my insides. Although one ironic thing is that when I read this, one reason I was affected so powerfully is that as a single, childless woman, I would be doomed to The Unit myself. However, this summer I met a great guy and am no longer single. So now, in theory, I would be exempted from The Unit. Here is my original review.
I read it back in March. It's a bleak and cold time of year to be reading dystopian literature, but I'm also glad it was a book I read early in the year. It leaped to mind immediately 9 months later when I wondered what was my favorite book this year, and for recent reads, it's hard to know if that's just because it was recent, and not because of its excellence. I read the book quickly, in just a couple of days. I don't particularly like dystopian lit. We read this for my book club and it's one of very few books that was liked universally (except that 1 person, a noted romantic, hated the ending. But she liked everything up until then.) Everyone I know who's read it has loved it. Dystopian literature is very much in right now, so if you're reading more of it yourself, please consider adding The Unit to your list. You won't regret it.