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Amazon synopsis: “For sure, Adam is weird—although “weird” is all relative. Weird is problematic, but tolerable. What’s forbidden though is talking to Kafkaists, who are nothing but dangerous worms guilty of “moral turpitude”—cockroaches that the Author most probably forgot to erase. So helping Kafkaists wasn’t the brightest thing to do.
Unfortunately, he didn’t have a choice. For one, June was a Kafkaist—cockroaches can’t possibly have such dazzling blue eyes. Second, well… he had to make things right.
All he needed was a plan. An infallible plan. In normal circumstances—although “normal” is all relative—it’s that simple. If only Adam was good at making plans.”
Length and medium: 306 pages. Kindle ebook
Published by and date: CePages Press on September 1, 2016
It was an interesting read and I loved the world building. The division between Authorians and Kafkaists reminded me of belief wars based on religion. It felt like an incredibly powerful metaphor.
To briefly explain the novel, the story is told from Adam’s point of view. Adam Chad Kilroy is a 15 year old Authorian, taught at a young age to hate Kafkaists because of the sacrilegious beliefs about the Author. Once as a child, he met a girl and can’t keep her out of his mind for nearly a decade. When Adam’s father takes him on a trip to kidnap and “save” a Kafkaist kid from his family and community, Adam starts to question all the rules he’s been taught and his way of life. Not to mention, the kid they took is the brother of the girl he met all those years ago. Things get rough as Adam’s heart compels him to break some rules.
The first half of this book was really fun and engaging for me. It starts off kind of confusing but once things clear up, you can’t help sympathizing with Adam and enjoying his inability to make plans but understanding that a plan needs to happen.
One of my favorite things about this book was Adam’s interest in the dictionary. His new definitions for certain words were hilarious. It was a small quirk that endeared me to him.
My favorite character had to be Adam’s grandpa. He wasn’t taking in all the lies like everyone else and I found him refreshing. He was the voice of reason and really pushed the story along. There is a part where Adam talks about his grandparents fighting about nothing just because his grandpa wanted to hear his grandma’s voice. He just didn’t want to sit in silence and “he fought with her for the comfort of hearing the familiar tone that soothed his heart.” He was a great advisor for Adam and an excellent addition to the story.
The second half is good but I felt a change in the novel. It felt like the first half was well edited and picked apart until everything was just right and the second half felt more thrown together, which if you read the book I think you’ll find is done purposely. There is still humor in the second half of the book but it takes a different approach.
In all, I really liked this book and it was a quick read. I’d suggest it for those interested in writing. I don’t want to spoil it but I believe this novel has something good to say about the writing process and bringing characters to life. I’d also suggest this book for religious fanatics that take things to the extreme. Merely as a reminder to calm down a bit and maybe they’ll be able to see that they’re differences are slim and nothing to kill or torture over.
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