- File Size: 524 KB
- Print Length: 197 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 11, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0199BD4RG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story is told from Emily’s point-of-view, a deep focus on a young woman stuck in the middle of extraordinary events. The world burns and out of the ashes come the ghosts. Normal people – everyday folks like you and me – change as a result and the world changes with them. Because, after all, it’s people that make the world what it is. Harmonic: Resonance is a story of change and how we’re dragged, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the resultant new world.
It’s a masterfully crafted story that looks at how we react to change, especially when that change is extraordinary. In the final analysis, some will call Harmonic: Resonance a horror story. Others will call it a survival story. Still others will point at the action or the quest or politics. None of them will be wrong, but in my mind it will still be a story about change. And change is a terrifying thing. Recall the words of the prophet Garth Algar: “We fear change”. Those words were as true in the 1990s as they are now. Even without the ghosts and the demons the general end of civilization, change is a terrifying thing.
So begins Nico Laeser's Harmonic Resonance, a dark dystopian novel set in tomorrow's America. In cities all across the world, hundreds of fires suddenly break out, mysteriously destroying both our infrastructure and veneer of civilization. At the same time, the dead begin to rise again, coming more and more fully to "life." Emily and a group of strangers band together for survival … and then things get worse.
The characters in this novel were compelling and believable, and Laeser's portrayal of the unbelievable stress they endure is realistic. Like most apocalyptic novels, Laeser's portrays both the best and worst of humankind. The church scene, while told mostly "offstage" was memorably horrific and is an example of mob mentality in a time of want. I enjoyed this novel thoroughly, up until the end. I felt the end was way too rushed and abrupt, and – for me, at least – it didn't work artistically. I know the book has sequels, but there should be a sense of closure or satisfaction to each part of a series, and, sadly, I found that lacking in Harmonic Resonance. Still, the excellence of the novel to that point compels me to round the 4.5 up rather than down, so I give it 5 stars.
Not usually a fan of first person perspective, Nico Laeser’s Harmonic Resonance resonated well with its captivating storyline, one that made me believe there are worse things than darkness when the power fails.
By Nico Laeser
No more electricity. No more devices. No more guarantees that the car in your driveway will work. The world, as we know it, has ended and something else—something frightening and weird—has taken its place.
Can I be honest? I did not expect to like this book. I don’t know why. Yet, you can color me surprised and tickled that I DID like this book.
• The plot is unique and intriguing.
• The characters are well drawn (especially main character 23-year-old Emily) and are completely developed. Nico Laeser, the author of Harmonic Resonance, fleshes out the strengths, the weaknesses, the character flaws and the motivations of each person in the story—without going over-board. He does this so flawlessly that I, the reader, felt as if I knew each of them personally.
• The antagonists are many (the losses of the modern age; other humans who turn so quickly from good to evil; starvation & thirst; …demons) yet each is blended together seamlessly into the story without overwhelming the reader with a bombardment of disasters one right after the other.
• And, the one other thing I liked about the story was that it was just plain fun to read.
Here’s what I didn’t like:
• To the best of my knowledge, the reason for the end of our modern world was never explained…I the reader was just dropped into the “world as it is now, get used it”. Which is NOT a huge problem for me…I still enjoyed the book. However, I wondered throughout about the whys and the wherefores.
Overall, I really—really—enjoyed Harmonic Resonance by Nico Laeser.