- File Size: 3153 KB
- Print Length: 329 pages
- Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (July 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010FM1I58
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The story is set in the United Kingdom so some of the words can be a challenge but, since I like British Comedy sorting out the words came easy to me. Harder was understanding the references to the progression in the UK school system and its unique terms. Again eventually the school system progression becomes easy to understand if you just think and give it a chance.
The most desturbing thing about Hybrid was how the main character's life parallels my own as an autistic werewolf. Being autistic I had to make sense of my place in this painful weird and often non-sensical neurologically typical world I was plunged into against my will as a kid. It's odd how much the characters awakening as a werewolf was like my awakening as an autistic werewolf.
This werewolf in hybrid is your typical lycanthrope sure but his life story is so well told in such beautiful detail that you grow to love or at least understand him. The weirdest thing about reading hybrid was how much more I learned about myself and not all of it good. I have lived among the neurotypical humans long enough to know that readers were supposed to be shocked and utterly against the werewolf in the story. Let's face it his wolf half and human half brutally killed LOTS of innocent people for survival, food and sport. This werewolf was a true beast a monster, no chior-boy at all and yet I both loved and understood him.
Being an autistic werewiolf Hybrid made me ask myself would I rat out \ grass on \ snitch to the authorities had I known this werewolves secret life. I shocked myself realizing I would have kept what I knew secret. I guess it does not speak well of me that I liked this werewolf despite all its painfully antisocial natures and ideals. I knew too well all of the issues this hybrid werewolf dealt with as a young one so yes I felt for him.
Another reviewer suggests that the author has painful issues with God and Christianity to the point of it being an "Agenda!" Well I can explain that based on my own experience. Any involuntarily created werewolf be they autistic, lycanthrope or shape shifter must learn to live outside the human network that binds all so called normal people togther. The act of becoming a werewolf under any circumstances means coming to terms with the fact that you are no longer a part of the nice normal saturday evening post, miss manners, God's in his heaven religious view that most normal people hold dear.
Many times after realizing you can never have that normal life an any werewolf's heart will harden and religion ceases to hold any sway in our lives. You see loving someone who is profoundly and almost frighteningly different from you puts socities tenents of Christian faith to the test and too often humanity fails. When those forced to live outside society are hated, reviled, tormented and hurt by their peers religion and humanity get tarnished in our eyes. Much as you might hate the fact that this werewolf has no love for God that is truthful for some of us. I was able to savage my love of and respect for God by becoming a spiritual creature rather than a religious creature. I have no love or respect for religion but my love of both God and Jesus are intact and functioning. I just wanted to address the suggestion that the author has a agenda which he does not. The author is just keenly aware of what it takes to become a werewolf and it is not pretty. So much of this Hybrid book is NOT pretty but that is what makes it so realistic.
Hybrid gets so much right about the entire werewolf experience. The really creepy thing is how it blends being a teenager with being a werewol and does it so perfectly. As the acharacter experienced situations so familiar to my own growing up an autistic werewolf I had to stop reading and cry, mourn or collect my thoughts. I won't go on too much more but this Hybrid book is spot on and I can't wait for the second book in the series. I did suspect that Nick's Dad was a werewolf all that going off to far off places for business. Dad's inability to manage his rages, his mood swings to another life long werewolf the hints \ clues were painfully obvious.
Well I love werewolves so of course I loved Hybrid. Hybrid is everything a true werewolf lover wants in a story. Oh and is this book gore fest very much so for sure. Yes Hybrid is a very graphically gore filled book which is why again it is so good. So many autheors self edit the gore and that takes away from the whole werewolf experience. The needless animalistic gore is what makes a werewolf what he is. Every werewolf has a truly monsterous side and the author shares it with you with NO attempt to hide anything. If you like your werewolf story without gore, guts and giggles this is not the book for you. If you want your werewolf to be driven by a higher moral or social calling this is not the book for you. The werewolf in this story evolves into an unapollogetic monster and has not only accepted it he ends up loving it.
The best thing about Hybrid is that you see the werewolve evolve from human first bitten to sadistic moster of the first order. No not all werewolves evolve the way this werewolf in Hybrid did. I only just missed evolving in brutally antisocial ways myself which is why I can still love this werewolf in hybrid. I could not kill the Hybrid werewolf not because; I felt he was good but because; in reading his story I sort of felt there but by the grace of God go I. I lacked the moral authority to kill one such as the Hybrid werewolf when I just barely missed what he had become. I used to truly hate people with a passion and my fights in school and for the first two thrids of my life were epic and constant. Hybrid was a great book but for me it will always be more, it taught me more about my AUTISTIC WEREWOLF self than I ever wanted to know.
For people that have claimed 'teenage angst', its more like the traditional monster from the classic story 'Frankenstein'. Both feature a humanoid 'monster' who desperately tries to cling onto the last shreds of humanity, although they know its a futile battle, and they will always be universally hated, no matter what their recourse. In both cases, the monsters were created the way that they are, with no choice open to them, and no benevolent God to save their bodies or souls. They simply exist....and occassionally have reason to hate that fact for themselves...
Maybe not as polished as Stephen King, or Jim Butcher, but this is a FIRST TIME author. I'm expecting great things from the sequels. this is NOT twilight, its graphic, gory and has mature themes.
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