Inside Out of Bubble


Fiction - General
282 Pages
Reviewed on 05/23/2016
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Author Biography

Sava Buncic is a novelist, long-time scientist and university professor. To be Had is his fourth novel, following Mantle Convection (2015), Inside Out of Bubble (2016) and Harnessing Altruism (2017). Sava has lived in constant motion between New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Serbia for most of his adult life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

Inside Out of Bubble by Sava Buncic is a beautiful story about a man’s struggle to keep the balance of his life against all odds and unimaginable challenges. Clive and Mary would have lived happily in their bubble, an apartment they have inherited, but it is impossible to live a life of seclusion with a bar just across the street owned by a mobster, and the noises that carry on even late into the wee hours. Then there is a lot of pressure from professional quarters to join the game of corruption. Clive resists giving up his convictions and values, but this costs him his job and he is driven to the edge of sanity by the death of the one person he’d always loved: Mary. Now, institutionalized after committing a serious crime, he finds strength in the memory of the person he’d always loved, but can that memory help him face what lies ahead? It seems like it’s just the start, for he will fall in love again, and it’s like his troubles are just beginning.

Inside Out of Bubble by Sava Buncic is a compelling story of the cost of striving to make a difference in a world ruled by corruption and greed. There seems to be a price to pay for everything, even being fair and just comes at a cost. Buncic creates a character willing to sacrifice everything for what he believes in, and it won’t be difficult for readers to love Clive. The writing is beautiful and the plot is fast-paced. Although not an action-driven kind of story, the writing, the plot, and the descriptions are very engaging, allowing readers to penetrate the minds of the characters and to become part of their psychological struggles. This is one of those inspiring stories of successful people hitting rock bottom and refusing to stay defeated, a story that will entertain and instruct anyone on how to face the vicissitudes of life.

Rabia Tanveer

Inside Out of Bubble by Sava Buncic is the story of a recluse whose safety was shattered by people around him. Clive was a happy man; his life was not perfect, but it was his life and he was happy with it. His wife, Mary, was the light of his life; she was his beating heart outside of his body. They liked to keep things only between themselves, apart from their friends; they like to keep to themselves. But when outside forces converged in their relationship, things started to go down. Mary dies and Clive kills a man.

When sentenced to prison and a mental facility, his only link to his sanity is Mary, who is living in his heart and soul. Coming out of the prison was not easy, but he did it. With the help of his friends, he actually managed to create a life and find a woman who loved him. But his attempt to reforge his life is hindered once again. Is he not destined for love and happiness? Is he doomed to live his life alone?

There are so many things that I would like to say about this novel. First of all, kudos to the writer for creating a character that people can connect with. Many people are reclusive and introverts and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We are what we are and it does not matter to the people who really love us. That said, I liked the fact that the author had a no holds barred approach to this topic. I found Clive intriguing. He was charming, shy, and even very up front. His character shows that being different is not bad; it is actually a part of your charm. A good read.

Tracy Slowiak

In Inside Out of Bubble, a new work by author Sava Buncic, readers are treated to a glimpse into the lives of Clive and Mary, a couple happily married and living a contented life together. Clive, an engineer, is satisfied with his position and he and Mary are happy to live their peaceful life inside their own little bubble, their apartment that they have inherited. But when Clive is forced into an early retirement after refusing to commit professional misconduct, their lovely lives begin to change, and certainly not for the better. Many disruptions occur, most notably the death of his beloved Mary. Clive is not sure if he will be able to go on. But through his own perseverance, and the help his friends and an eventual new love interest, he might just see the light at the end of the tunnel. Will Clive ever regain the peace he once had in his own little bubble? You'll need to read the book to find out!

Inside Out of Bubble is a book that many readers would consider endearing. Clive is a character that many readers will relate to, connect with and come to care about, and will think of long after the book is done. Author Sava Buncic has done a great job at setting the scene for this story, and readers will find the realistic settings refreshing. Any reader who is looking for a book about a regular guy who has been dealt some pretty harsh blows, but is doing his best to pull himself up by his bootstraps to survive, should read Inside Out of Bubble. They will not be sorry they did!

Tiffany Davis

Inside Out of Bubble by Sava Buncic is a fictional story about a successful engineer named Clive and his life with his wife, Mary. Both characters appear to enjoy traveling, and being tucked away from everyday society in the home Mary inherited from her deceased parents. Clive is faced with many opportunities to change plans and take side deals, and he wants no part of the corruption. The relationship between Mary and her sister is destroyed when she speaks about the integrity of her husband, Clive. As the story progressed, Mary's health took a turn for the worst, and she ultimately died. This pushes Clive over the edge and into the unknown. After the death of his wife, he adopts a destructive attitude and kills a guy, which results in his incarceration. Clive has a hopeless existence after he is released back into society where he starts to become "normal" again. He finds hope as he reintegrates into society, only to find out that the son of his current girlfriend doesn't want him around.

The story was detailed, easy to read and understand, even though it has so many twists and turns that it keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. The story gave a good background of the relationship between the couple, who seem to be laid back, open and, most importantly, content with their lives. The pressures presented to Clive and Mary while trying to live a life of good values and morals made me upset because these types of things happen in reality. Clive was satisfied with his life before all the offers of corruption and malice started to intertwine into his daily business. By the end of the story, I had an overflow of emotions which included happiness, anger, shock, and hopefulness. Other readers will also appreciate this story of a wholesome couple destroyed by the greed of others.

Maria Beltran

Sava Buncic’s Inside Out of Bubble unravels with Clive stuck in the middle of a nasty traffic jam on the way home from work. A middle-aged engineer who used to work in various countries in the Middle East, he now lives in a city apartment inherited by his wife, Mary. The couple is extremely close and they consider their home as a sanctuary, a bubble shielding them from all the ills of the outside world. They live together almost in isolation and intend to keep it that way. Things take an ugly turn, however, when Clive is forced to retire early because he refuses to be part of corruption at work. After this, they get more problems from their neighbors and they feel that their sanctuary is violated. Can they make the bubble they created for themselves stable again?

Sava Buncic’s novel Inside Out of the Bubble seems to ask a deceptively philosophical question: Can a person live outside of society and still survive and thrive? Clive and Mary are a childless couple who tried to do so and this is their story. What makes this novel highly interesting is that it reveals a way of life that could become the norm in the future. As the ugly part of modern society drives people to retreat into their own bubbles, more people decide to stay away. This is especially true in the Western world where there is a general feeling that one can create and control their own world. The question is: could it be possible for man, a social animal, to live like an island. Sava Buncic, I surmise, lets his readers answer the question themselves.