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If I have any criticisms they are only that perhaps in places the scary stuff is laid on a bit thick. After all, a world in which everybody is suddenly, gruesomely dead is quite scary enough. Add wolves, and birds that can't fly and everything takes on a surreal cast that permeates the narrative without the author even needing to try. And it is well written. The words paint a clear enough picture that some of Will's imaginings as he explores the Phelps' apartment seem overdone. And the ending. It wraps up a little too quickly for me, and the final punch feels just a little bit glib. It appears that the reader is lead through a series of possible answers to the mystery: Aliens, supernatural, poison gas... but towards the end Will, without any noticeable epiphany, begins to speak of the mystery killer as a virus. And although the ending ties in with information about Will's immediate past and his career, it does so only tenuously. Not that the ending is bad. It's just missing that satisfying feel of inevitability where you can look back at the story and see that elements of the storyline which seemed random at the time, were actually pointing towards that very finale. Instead very few questions are answered satisfactorily and those that are only lead to a whole bunch of new ones. Less than a novella this feels like the beginning of something much bigger. Let's hope it is.
I couldn't get past the first few pages--and it wasn't an easy book to flip ahead in and join "in progress" so I gave up.
I was given a free early version of the book to review so I feel a bit sorry to have to "dis" the book. It may be that I'm not the best, or even a likely audience for this genre.
"Dislocated" was originally published as a graphic novel. It may be that the artwork (none of which is included in my copy) does a lot to make the text work. Or maybe the story carried better as a graphic novel and doesn't translate well to regular text.
While there were several nicely written sentences that I liked, much of it seemed like the author was trying to hard to "write well".
Here is an example of what I liked: "I can't recall a thing after that goon rearranged important parts of my insides with his fists." It was nice a shift in the flow that was a bit of a surprise and it explained a lot about what was going on and why the man was having such a bad morning.
Some sentences just don't make sense. Such as this one: "A dog barks in the distance, chasing cars, chasing tails." This could have been a typo, but all my dogs have had just one tail. The larger problem to me is that it seems an effort to show "lyrical" writing, but it doesn't quite work.
My guess from reading the acknowledgements is that the author, Max Andrew Dubinsky is new to this kind of writing. I send kudos for making the effort and putting the book out there. Writing a book is a LOT of work and anyone who attempts it should be praised for seeing it through to publication.
Based on the overall reviews the book is getting, it seems there is an audience for this kind of book and a great deal of interest in this particular book.
In this world of more books than time available to read them, we each have to pick and choose what works for us. "Dislocated" doesn't work for me, but as an inexpensive E-Book it's likely to be worth your money to purchase and try it--especially if the positive reviews resonate with you.
Whatever the cause, writers today aren't having a hard time imagining the end of the world as we know it, and it seems like readers feel just fine about that.
Dislocated is an Apocalyptic thriller with noir edge. One part The Road, one part Maltese Falcon, one part Stephen King, and three parts twisted, you will have a hard time reading it in more than one or two sittings.
The story is that William Scott is a scrawny burnout who seems to hurt the ones he loves. He wakes up one morning--hungover and battered from a bar fight he didn't start--to find everyone in his sleepy town dead. Why? He doesn't know. Nor does he know why a pack of wolves have descended on the town and are singling him out for lunch. Also puzzling are the giraffes and elephants that seem to have escaped the zoo and made the town their personal safari.
Dislocated is a gripping tale spun by a gifted writer, but it's also a haunting look into the human soul. What if you're the cause of Apocalypse? What if I am? What if there is something so twisted within us, that none of us, not Max Andrew Dubinsky, not me, and certainly not our protagonist William, can help hurting the ones we love the most?