4.5 Muffins Book Reviews

Review of ‘Atomic Number Sixty’ by Dave Johnston

I was sent a copy of Atomic Number Sixty to review, and accepted because it was a fairly short novel, and had the possibility to be action packed. There were ups and downs in this book for me, but the end was definitely exciting!

Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:

About The Book

‘Atomic Number Sixty’ by Dave Johnston 

Holly Holloway is locked in a dusty room, strapped to a ticking bomb. 

What would you do, if you only had one hour left to live?

My Review

Atomic Number Sixty is a thrilling novella that follows Holly in two different times; before and during her time with a bomb strapped to her. The events are unpredictable with a definite climactic ending. The way the chapters are written make you want to keep reading until the end, as they are short and keep switching between times. Everything was extremely fast paced an logical, with everything adding up at the end of this very short but rollercoaster of a novella.

Holly was an easily likeable person from the beginning, which was good seeing as the book followed her as the main character. The book being a novella, it was difficult for any real character developent to take place, but Johnston still managed to get plenty of personality in what little time he had. As much as the situation was not incredibly realistic, and the development of characters, there was a certain sense of realism in the story, which I feel was made by the points when Holly was living life before being strapped to the bomb. 

I was definitely kept guessing until the very end, and was not expecting the massive twist at the end, which really topped this novella off for me. I don’t often read novellas, becase they are short and don’t have a lot of room for development, but what I really like about this one was it was fast paced, down to the point, and still managed to get key points and characteristics in too. The entire part of the book that was explicitly focused on Holly and the bomb was well written, because it completely hid the fact that anything would happen apart from her blowing up. 

I would definitely recommend this for any lover of thrillers, and anyone who needs a quick read. It is possible to read this in one sitting, and addictive enough as well!

My Rating: 4.5 Muffins out of 5

Where To Buy

If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):


The Book Depository

  Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)


By bookmuffin

I like books and tea. MA Children's Literature student.

2 replies on “Review of ‘Atomic Number Sixty’ by Dave Johnston”

Reblogged this on Read 4 Fun and commented:
This is a note to students in my Literary Appreciation class. I read and reviewed this book elsewhere on this blog. I found this review by an author whose work I like. Note that this is a fast, short, entertaining read.


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