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- Print Length: 224 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1947510002
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- Publisher: Toes in the Water Publishing, LLC (15 Jun. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071XH4X53
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The story is incredible! The characters are flawless, each a real-life person we know. We've seen them, or lived next to them, or fought with a couple of them. Each is described in exquisite detail by thoughts, words or actions. This is Tom's story. It takes place before Cicada (which you should read if you haven't already), where we meet Tom again. The tale is wound in unexpected threads, weaving a tapestry of delight for our imagination.
I heartily recommend this book to lovers of dystopian futures, peppers, action adventure, sci-fi, well just about anyone can enjoy the read! Don't miss this!
Now my review. One of the best things about this book is that it's easy to follow; no confusion about who's whom or the order things happen in.
Some flashbacks appear, but they are well marked so one knows exactly what happened when. The character development is excellent and it's easy to either respectively love or hate each of them. A couple of surprises too. I highly recommend this this book.
I wrote that this is an interesting take on a post-apocalyptic tale because Banner wrote it from the point of view where each chapter was a new song on an apocalyptic playlist. Tom lives out his life to the themes that are presented in different songs. This felt like a really cool and different idea. (It reminded me a little bit of I Am Legend where Will Smith's character has a playlist that is really the only way that he gets through life alone in a world that is out to get him.
Tom as a character was hard to like. Not that he was unlikable -- I just didn't feel like I was given enough reason to be following him until the story was almost over. Honestly, the last 50ish pages were where Tom became a tolerable main character. That frustrated me a bit since I'd followed him for the other 200 already. I actually took a break from Hell's Requiem because I found myself getting frustrated and asking "but, why?" I just couldn't figure out why Tom was the main character.
This isn't the first time that I felt like I was thrown into a story without some back story. The first time was with Banner's main series -- of course, I started with book two there, so I assumed that I just jumped into the story too late. I just think that this book (and any future books) could benefit from some more backstory or character building in the opening chapters. I appreciate that Banner throws us into the action in this story quickly (especially because I hate books that drag on). I just wanted a little more!
The story itself (especially after figuring out why we were following Tom) was a conglomeration of lots of other post-apocalyptic stories with some new ideas and thoughts sprinkled in. Banner is able to write an enjoyable story that just fell a little short for me. That being said, I still finished it and by the end, I was glad that I did. The ending was kinda a mind-eff. I was like, "Wait, seriously?!" by the last chapter. So, the book definitely redeemed itself in the final pages.
Overall, Hell's Requiem was a new take on a genre that I read a lot of! I think if I wasn't a PA veteran this book would have rated higher -- but being someone who reads 1 PA book a week this one wasn't my all-time favorite. That being said, the ending was worth getting too and since the book itself isn't too long I'm glad that I got there.
Kevin Pierce narrating it didn't hurt either. Pierce could narrate me the instructions on the back of my shampoo and I'd be riveted to my chair. Pierce definitely shined in this story.
I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.
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