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Written in a variety of narratives may seem confusing, but it gives the story weight and makes the story far more interesting. By having the story narrated by Jeremy, Cass, and even the voice inside Jeremy's head you get the see the story from a wider angle.
Cook's Murderland is a book that you just don't see much of anymore. While a lot of reviews focus on more on the flaws of the Kindle text, they keepep potential readers away from a dark and complex story. This is a book that connected with me because of Jeremy. Is he martyr or just another serial killer? Is he insane or a true anti-hero. You have to read the book and find out.
This is an excellent book by a deceptively mild-mannered man who is inside, actually screaming all the time. The protagonist Jeremy Jenkins is also a deceptively mild-mannered man who is is inside, actually screaming all the time. In the dystopian world of reap culture, murder is legal and glorified. Jeremy Jenkins assumes the role of Mr. 400, killing murderers in quiet until his girlfriend Cass discovers his journal. (Should've encrypted that bitch.) and they go on to achieve notoriety as Jeremy Jenkins attempts to stop inter dimensional beings from impregnating and devouring the human race. Garret writes like a mad pimp on the best cocaine I've ever had, I want to take every other line of this book and paste it on my bedroom wall so that I have an apocalypse shield. Highly recommended, quality bizarro. If you're into that sort of thing.
To me, that's the mark of a great novelist. (Not just a good one, but a great one.) The ability to have a really amazing concept that is so simple in its inception that it makes everyone who hears about it go, "Wow, that is a really f---ing great idea. Why the h--- didn't I think of that? I could have written this book first and become so, so famous!" But because this author isn't just a good writer, but a GREAT one, he quickly squashes that fledgling impulse by executing said concept with such skill and panache, such hard-core bada--ery, that anyone considering ripping off his idea must immediately throw up their hands and go, "Nope! You win, Garrett. You are better than me, at everything."
Then they just sit back and enjoy the rest of the story. (Which I assure you, is just as excellent as the premise.)
That's the mark of a good reader, I guess. Sadly, I have never been a good reader. And I'm definitely not as great of a writer as Garrett Cook. But I'm writing this review anyway, as kind of a formal act of surrender. A hundred years from now, when people are still reading and talking about this book, probably in AP Senior English Lit (or whatever kind of classes they have on the moon), I guarantee some smart a-- moon-abiding teenager is going to raise his or her hand and be like "I read Murderland before it was assigned." And the other moon teens will roll their eyes and hate on that futuristic hipster kid because nobody likes a show off.
Anyway, I would've given this book five stars, but I deducted one star on grounds of jealousy. Because I'm petty. So sue me.
I'm going to stay away from spoilers and story-specific things... I went into Murderland cold, just having read the Amazon description, and I recommend you do the same. Let the madness unfold at a natural pace. You won't regret it!
I'm off to read more of Garrett Cook's work.