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Windigo Soul Kindle Edition
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It's a world where citizens are retired upon reaching their sixtieth birthday, the retirement being a euphemism for euthanasia. To the outside world, the bodies are cremated and returned to their kin, but on the inside is a far more sinister state-run power plant where the retiree's bodies are put to use.
The story involves a worker at the plant escaping and racing against time to save his wife before she is admitted to the plant.
I read this in a couple of hours and enjoyed the story but can't help thinking it could so easily have become a really good full length novel. There is plenty of scope within the story for subplots and offshoots, and the characters could have been developed much more.
I'd rate this overall at 3 stars since I did really enjoy the story but was left feeling somewhat short-changed because it ended up being a throw-away novella when it could have been a top class novel.
The characterisations are swiftly-drawn but convincing. I didn't like Sara, who was a rather selfish whinger, with not much to contribute, but the rest were superb, whether goodie or baddie. Descriptions of the city, the way of life (such as it was), and the utter resignation of the general populace were all extremely-well portrayed. The nastiness of Windigo, the determined struggle of the breakaways, the excitement of retaliation, the tension of the hunt for the rebels, the depths of Man's cruelty to Man, were expertly painted. I got great satisfaction from the final outcome - although I think the author might want to read up a little on the impact (both at the time and thereafter) of the detonation of a ground-burst 5KT nuclear weapon on those even quite a long way away from Ground Zero.
A very, very enjoyable story, which kept me enthralled - at times revolted - and unable to put it down. I'm keeping it on my Kindle, and will be looking for more from this author.
I would love to read about what happens to Hank and his family as I became to care and was interested in how this plays out in subsequent books.
Hank Reed has just turned 60 and by the laws of the United Federation of Nations Hank is being retired or simply euthanised to save the world from overpopulation, although Hank is legally required to under go this process Hank is having doubts very big ones that will change his, his families and the rest of the worlds futures for good.
This is a brilliant well written thought provoking novel that is equally as touching as Cormac McCarthy's "The Road"
Don't miss this amazing book
The second half of the book felt much more like action and adventure. While this was well written and fast paced, as well as a great example of what an action novel should be, I felt it looked slightly weak against the first half. There was less conjecture of life in general - then again if they stopped to think the novel would have had corpses for narrators!
This is Soylent Green brought up to date with a very big bang. Brumm makes his characters clear and their motivations solid. He doesn't over explain things, just tells us and we believe him. That's quite disturbing in itself because we should really be hoping humanity is not capable of such things. Sadly, I think it is and could easily see this or similar happening.
There could be a bit more meat to the bones perhaps. A bit more to the ending, although the ground is nicely laid for a sequel which one hopes would be a revenge of the retirees (and rightly so!).
I do like the author's note at the end. Yes you're on the way to quitting that day job. Good luck - I look forward to seeing more!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From the moment I started this book I was hooked and couldn't put it down. Loved every moment of itPublished 10 months ago by Debsiedc
Reminds me a bit like Solyent Green which was a film years ago.
Enjoyed this story as it was a bit of light reading. Read more
A solid science-fiction premise sets the scene for a story that is, at it's core, a fast-paced thriller. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2014 by Raven Reviews
This is the first book I've read from this author, I thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't bear to put it down. Having recently turned 60 myself I found it very close to my heart. Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2013 by Anne Ransom
An amazing and believable story concept with so many great twists and turns. So good I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by Amazon Customer
A disturbing way to control population and can understand the heroes' fight against it. Easy to read but stays with you afterPublished on 22 Oct. 2013 by 10 Rabbits
Wow. When I began reading this story, I had no idea where it was heading. An excellent, tight plot, with believable characters and a lot of warmth and humanity. Read morePublished on 13 July 2013 by Chandelier
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