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- Print Length: 428 pages
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- Publisher: Greywood Bay (March 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J0WLX1E
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Hollow Dream: Eternal Autumn takes you on a thrill ride as Aiden awakes from one nightmare only to find himself thrust into another, many times more disjointed and frightening. I will not go into any of the story, but to say that Van Way takes you on a ride of which you will be questioning everything you have expected a novel to possess, as the story has you on a near non-ending run through a fantasy laden, horror filled tale to where you will never quite settle down for a breather. Van Wey has become one of my favorite new amazon e-book writers, and if you love breathless adventure and ever changing plotlines then you should take a chance and sit down with this new thriller of a novel. I have never been disappointed with any of his writings, and I venture to say that you will not either. The man has mad writing skills!
Without giving too many spoilers, Aiden from the first book has died. And now, he's in Everland, a world completely different from the world we know. Here, Aiden meets his grandfather, a city of children, a charismatic leader and a whole host of secrets. What's a dead boy to do?
Ok, that last sentence made it sound as though this book is for kids. It's not. The language is stronger is this book, and the horror is for adults too. Aiden goes through "trials", where he sees the lives of those left behind. That's going to speak to adults, or anyone that has contemplated death. And trust me, those trials were scary. It hit very close to me, being one of those who have lost a loved one.
The strength of this book has to be in the immersive world. As the new kid, Aiden gets to learn about this strange world, and we learn with him. It's fascinating, and I don't think that the depths of this strange limbo has been fully dealt with. In fact, the plot of this book hinges on how this world works - this is where the setting really ties in with the plot.
I'm so glad that there's a sequel, because I want to read more. Horror's not really my genre, but I'm making an exception for all of Andrew Van Wey's books. They're addictive reading - if you want to stay up all night reading with a flashlight (or with the artificial light from an ereader), choose one of his books.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. The gushing was done of my own free will.
This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile (http://www.allsortsofbooks.blogspot.jp/2014/07/a-hollow-dream-eternal-autumn-by-andrew.html)
I am going to start with the
- A lot of spelling, grammar, syntax, etc errors.
- Some characters and plot could have been better developed/explained (I for one am hoping to see that happen in the sequel(s)
- At times I found it hard to feel fully engaged in the story because of the way the actions were being described. I am not sure if that is due to the writing or the book format/layout.
- As a whole, I would classify this book nothing short of absolutely brilliant. While some subjects are not new, the way they are addressed are, to me, completely innovative. It's not surprising that some inspiration came from the author's dream(s). The whole book kind of feels like a dream.
- None of the characters felt one dimensional. I really appreciate how Van Wey took his time with that. To me, no one felt 100% good or bad. And that is one of the things I appreciate the most in a book because it means I will be able to relate to the characters. I firmly believe no one is completely good or bad. Everyone has faults and qualities. So my respect to that.
- One thing I really, really loved was that the main character didn't just get to where he did and owned the place. The author took his time introducing him to his surroundings and, by doing that, made the story completely believable. This is not your typical hero who gets to a place and immediately makes friends and knows what to do to get what he wants, when and how. He is a 12 year old kid basically trying to survive. A kid who actually makes mistakes and isn't always brave and doesn't always do the right thing. He's just a normal kid, finding out who he is and who he wants to be as he struggles through the challenges.
- This is fantasy at its best. Van Wey managed to create a stunning world, a book which never gets boring even though it is not always extremely fast paced and which awakens emotions in you, as all great books do.
Sadness. Heartbreak. Happiness. Excitement. Terror. Disgust. I felt it all.
I smirked at the humour, especially in Colin's lines, I felt hollow and immensely sad through Aiden's jaunts, I felt sick in the stomach with BJ's 'surgery', I felt absolutely terrified at the terror that just kept and keeps on coming - the neverending nightmare - and so much more. I felt. And that alone makes Eternal Autumn stand out.
While some outcomes may have been seen as a bit predictable, the way they are presented to the reader was not. And through all its flaws, Eternal Autumn is an adventure unlike any I have read before. It is truly quite unique. So even with all the typos, syntax errors and whatnot, I am giving it 5 stars, which will be fully deserved after the book has been properly edited. I highly recommend it to everyone who wants to get lost in a fantastic world. I do suggest you read the prequel first. I can even see a movie coming out of this or better yet, a tv series based on it.
Needless to say I can not wait for the sequel.
Disclaimer: I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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