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I've always been an avid reader, but must say that e-readers and Amazon Kindle books have made a huge difference in what and how much I read. I love the fact that new authors are able to make their books more accessible and affordable to the public than in the past when we had to rely on publishing houses to decide what would be a good read that would make them the most money.
In the world of hardcover books, I might never have had the opportunity to read Graham Stull's first novel, The Hydra. That would have been quite a loss. This book covers issues that I've contemplated over the past years as I've watched our world change.
So many people on earth. All a product of their upbringing and circumstance. So many from poor or dysfunctional families, molded into poor and, or, dysfunctional adults due to the lack of access to a good education, healthcare and social services. Others privileged, some raised by parents unable to teach their children compassion and understanding having been the offspring of the same type of parents. These children grow up to be selfish, entitled, uninformed and uncaring about anything beyond their pampered, and privileged existence. The chasm grows wider. For those in the middle, who have had an opportunity to grow and thrive, many now are just trying to hold on, keeping jobs, food on the table and their families intact, thoughts about our changing world, climate change, over population, and the future can become overwhelming.
This story hits home. The personalities of the characters are intimately revealed to the reader. Most likely the reader knows people in real life with similar personalities. This book's storyline revolves around the life experiences that mold the main characters. You understand them, or you don't, but you keep turning the pages in anticipation of what will happen next.
I highly recommend this book. It is fiction that portrays one of the many possible scenarios of our future. It left me considering how I might feel if such a situation actually became reality. This book is difficult to put down until the revealing end.
I'd fallen in love with Brian Matterosi. It was obvious from the recount of his life that he was not the man he'd once been. He tugged on my heart, and I was upset with his demise. How could this possibly be righted so that the reader, me, would not wish they'd never read it? The end turned everything around for me, and I was no longer dismayed by what happened to Brian.
Leeton was a big part of the tale. I got to know his thoughts and feelings throughout. I can imagine how he felt in the end, but I would like to have been as involved with that as I was during the trial and his infidelity.
All-in-all, it was a great book. I'm glad I read it and would suggest it to anyone.