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- Print Length: 348 pages
- Publisher: Imperial Press; 1 edition (February 10, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 10, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B079G6DTY4
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The day that Tommy Duchesne takes some cash out of an ATM and notices that the money looks strange is the day that his life changes forever. Using some of the perks he thought were a joke and finding that the people who take it respond oddly drives Tommy to ask some questions about it. Curious to figure out the mystery behind the unique currency of perks that denotes the reach of the Papyrus Empire and the cryptic answers he receives, Tommy embarks on a enlightening journey into the secret society of the Empire, gaining knowledge of it while simultaneously losing elements of and people in his current life.
Exploring the twists and turns of the festering corruption within a society segregated from, yet coexisting with, the "normal" world, the narrative presents a wild ride of misdirection and suspense as it develops at a rather brisk pace. Though intriguing and demonstrative of the power granted to leaders of the Empire, some scenes in the midst of Tommy's delving into the Empire's inner-workings were rather jarring, both in what they were portraying as well as their place within the narrative, making them seem more like a tangent instead of entirely part of the main story. Having read Grand Theft Octo, I found the nods to that story, and some of the outlandish things presented within this story more befitting to that tale, within this narrative a humorous touch, which for me offered some additional levity to the overall darker and serious tone and theme of this story.
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
He finds that he can actually spend them in some bars and shops, getting preferential treatment, but abuse at other shops that refuse to accept perks. If he uses a slot machine, he finds he wins every time. His friend gets him to take more money out and they both keep using them to see how far they can go.
They have no idea of the danger they are putting themselves in. The perks are a benefit for employees of the Papyrus Empire and ‘outsiders’ aren’t supposed to know about this secret world. There are secret tunnels and secret divisions within the empire. People, called Sovereigns, rule each region and hold the most power.
The centre of power is the Magistrar and the heads of each division, who follow the rules and ethos of their creator, Sigmund Papyrus, who no one has seen for years. There are set punishments for any infraction of the rules and outsiders make be ‘taken out’ of they find out too much or they may offered a chance to join up.
A close friend of Tommy’s is found dead and he wants to know who was to blame. Had they ‘flashed’ their perks about in the wrong places and had it got his friend killed? He wants to find out more about the Empire and decides to join, but must start at the very bottom and there is no ‘out’ once in the society.
It gets more interesting as he tries to uncover peoples roles in the Empire, who has the most power, who can he trust? The truth he searches for comes at a high cost to him and others around him. It starts off slow, with only a couple of characters, being typical lads around town and then grows with more characters being brought into the story, as the investigations into the goings on at the Empire continue.
I was given a free copy of this book through Hidden Gems and the author and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.
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Enjoyable, a bit dark might need a second read through to get the full impact of the story.