- File Size: 803 KB
- Print Length: 225 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Smarmy Press (July 21, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 21, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IGSW1MC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As I tucked in to finish the last instalment of the series I have absolutely fallen in love with, I was perhaps a little apprehensive. After all, was it going to be everything I hoped it was? (Let's take a minute to recognise those book series that ended with us throwing the book across the room.) I dove in, head first, held on for dear life and read.
I realise this review is somewhat personal so far, but bare with me. I'll get to the nitty gritty in a moment.
I'm going to take a moment to recognise the overall message in this series; the hidden-in-plain-sight-meaning that you see but never realise until the very last pages. All along I've relished in the wonderful idea that this series, this wonderfully and hysterically funny story, could be deeply meaningful.
And that's exactly what it was.
I've said it all along, and I'll say it again. This series is powerful. Meaningful. What can be described as a comedic saga about a guy who's a basic loner, is actually intensely important, and the final chapters tie this concept together perfectly. The philosophical layers of self-discovery are explored, and it's perfect.
What is clever about the fifth instalment of this series is reminiscent of the first - lonely. Isolated. Philosophical. Grobnagger is by far, one of my favourite characters for several reasons, but none more so than his realism. From the very beginning, he has exuded realistic behaviours and thoughts that draw the reader in and instil a sense of loyalty to this unsuspecting hero. His thoughts range from skittle flavours to deeply emotional decisions that will ultimately change the course of his life.
This series will grab you, shake you around and ultimately leave you in a state of bewildered awe. McBain and Vargus are well on their way to literary success, and this series is just the beginning.
Awake in the Dark is the most meaningful and innovative series I've read in years.
Spending more and more time on the astral plane Jeff and Amity grow closer. But after an experiment with unforeseen consequences, not even Amity and the other world provides comfort any longer. Jeff finds his grasp on reality slipping as he is set on a collision course with the end, whether he is prepared or not.
Throughout the series, I have followed Jeff Grobnagger’s journey from socially inept recluse, to unknowing participant turned pawn in a game he never knew existed and finally a person so broken that he is ready to give it all up and just fade into oblivion. I thought Jeff was pretty unstable in Back in Black, but in Beyond the Blue Jeff is just downright scary. Relegated to spending time in the astral world with Amity or holed up in his home with his cats and figments of his imagination, Jeff is seriously at the end of his psychological rope. You would think with everything that had threatened him in previous books eliminated Jeff would be on top of the world, but the price he paid to get to this point may have been too much. After his initial encounter with the Blue, Jeff retreats into himself, only leaving the house when necessary and existing solely on hot showers and junk food. When Glenn, shows up things get even weirder in a sort of “Beautiful Mind” sort of way.
For as many ways that McBain and Vargus could have resolved this weird roller-coaster series, I am glad that it ended the way it did. I saw a lot of myself in Grobnagger with regard to his reclusive lifestyle and unwillingness to engage in social interactions so I was sort of rooting for the guy. Leaving the Grobnagger saga on a note such as this leaves the reader with a glimmer of hope for even the most tortured soul. While I understand that this is the end of Jeff’s story, is it really?