Author: Andrea Speed
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/17/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World
Peek behind the curtain with Roan McKichan and the various characters who make up the Infected universe in this sometimes serious, sometimes humorous collection of short stories centered around the holidays.
There’s Kevin, who reflects on how lonely his life in the closet is. And Fiona and Tank, who go on a surprisingly good first date. Roan himself finds his Halloween celebration at Panic interrupted by loose cats and obnoxious frat boys while Paris contemplates his mortality on their impromptu honeymoon. Dropkick deals with her new marriage and male egos on the job, Roan meets Connor at the scene of a drunken fight, and Holden contemplates his future as a street kid. These stories and many more will be told, centered around more holidays than you can shake a dreidel at.
These are not holiday stories in the traditional sense. In any traditional sense. As the author says:
It struck me as kind of funny, as holidays meant nothing to Roan.
That’s when I realized the potential here. Not only could holiday stories be used as an ironic counterpoint to a character that didn’t give a damn about them, but they could act as a snapshot, a window in time for insight into the characters who don’t get the spotlight very often.
These are indeed snapshots, glimpses, and scenes rather than stories from the Infected universe. You have Kevin and Holden and Dee and Fiona among others, caught at a particular time, sometimes not even realising it is a holiday, or just not caring. Or celebrating for all the wrong reasons – New Year’s Eve? Great time to lift some wallets…
I love the Infected series and the characters, so yes I loved these snapshots and glimpses behind the curtain. If you haven’t read the books, they won’t mean much to you, and in fact may contain spoilers. They’re not an introduction to the series, or a way to even sample it, but rather a fun accompaniment. Enjoy.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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