Author: Lisa Henry and M. Caspian
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Horror
High-school boyfriends Jack Haldane and Bastian Wade thought everything would be perfect once they reunited at college, putting disapproving parents and small-town attitudes firmly in the past. Now Jack’s on track for a PhD scholarship and a career as a researcher, and Bastian . . . well, living inside a broken body and trailing along in Jack’s shadow didn’t feature in his lofty teenage ambitions.
A weekend camping trip back home offers a chance for them to reconnect, but an ugly confrontation with the local motorcycle gang is only the start of their problems. When disaster occurs and the world unravels, will Bastian and Jack manage to hold on to each other, or fall further apart as they try to survive?
Where it had gone wrong wasn’t the puzzle. The puzzle was how to fix it.
This ain’tchur Grandmomma’s table top jigsaw puzzle, neither.
Now then, I was quickly and deftly presented with the lay of the land and where things stood between Bastian and Jack right at the beginning. It’s a good thing, too, considering where the story was soon headed, dragging me along with it.
This is a horror movie, in simple terms. Yes, there’s violence on page, some of it stomach churning, but like all good horror flicks, the worst of it comes in the form of character reactions. Intimation breeds imagination.
This is a horror story, in case that wasn’t yet clear.
The detail is spectacular. When I’m made to feel the same gritty, aching, suffocating physical surroundings along with the characters, it goes in column marked success.
Remember, this is a horror film. Not a lot of feel good moments to be had. Often times, it felt horror for horror’s sake, which is as it should be when telling a story that takes place in a remote setting, with ignorant, depraved assholes, and rape and torture included. Not even the one supporting character who may have been the “redemption” candidate had enough to break away, not for me.
Normally, I wouldn’t be so blunt in a review about some of the specifics included but these more than warrant mention. Be prepared.
Additionally, and perhaps unusually for me, most of these things kept me from maintaining a connection with Bas and Jack. It was there to begin with but underfed as the story went on. The story is front and center, the characters filling the necessary roles to move the plot forward. I wanted to invest but found little on which to grab hold after the first few chapters, the point at which things changed direction. My emotional devastation would have increased tenfold if my storyteller stock brokers had given me more of an opportunity to spend the hard earned cracks in my heart.
Again I’ll say, this is a horror story and it’s wonderfully written. Maybe I’m not as much a fan of horror as I used to be? Maybe my tastes have changed? Looks like it. But if this is your cup of tea, then you’ve got a parade of awesomeness coming down the winding mountain road, just for you.
This is gay fiction. It’s more of what’s needed, and wanted, no matter the type – horror, crime, humor, mystery, etc. – in general fiction today. It thrills me to know this story is out there for the taking.
This is a horror movie for the page and it is top notch. Bas and Jack are forever changed with no pathway back to the way things were. This left me curious at the end, wondering what was next, not just for them but this world, a landscape changed as to never to return to its previously visible appearance. If the hills and homes and flora and fauna all change, so must the human beings sharing their space.
Despite this story missing the mark for me and my personal enjoyment, I unreservedly recommend it for all the horror lovers out there. You’ll have a blast and be exposed to some high quality writing and storytelling.
Many kudos, hi5’s, thumbs up and everything else for Henry and Caspian for sharing this story with all of us.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
|This post may contain affiliate links.
|Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews. The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.|