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Die Empty is written in the second person. Despite falling in love with the voice and the story within a few pages, I was worried the style wouldn't be sustainable through a whole novel. I'm not sure I've read a whole book in second person since the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure series. It turned out my fears were unfounded. Jones does an impeccable job, and the atypical narration becomes transparent very early on. I couldn't put this down.
An apropos depiction of contemporary middle-class despondency and the seemingly inescapable quagmire of an ill-fated existence. It is decidedly logical that Death would exploit the vice of consumerism and the need for convenience to both hasten our demise and make us complicit in it.
DIE EMPTY is a dark, acerbic tale that is hilarious, thought provoking, and disturbingly relatable all at once.
All of this is colored by Lance's often twisted, and starkly honest, internal monologue. While this makes Lance an often unlikable character, he is nonetheless consistently interesting, and he takes readers to places that we fear we may go ourselves.
While the final quarter of the novel loses some of its momentum, it never ceases to be an entertaining and thought-provoking read. Overall this is a great book if you are looking for something unconventional, and don't mind going to some dark places.
If you enjoy being uncomfortable and shamefully captivated, this story is for you. The use of second-person does a perfect job of grossly putting you in the inner thoughts of a miserable middle-aged man (and somehow I found myself actually liking him). The themes of self-hate and consumerism make for a hilariously depressing read. I caught myself laughing and responding aloud numerous times- that's how you know it's a good one.
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