- Series: How to Survive Your First Year of College
- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: Gothic Funk Press; 2 edition (September 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989920208
- ISBN-13: 978-0989920209
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,816,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shattering Glass (How to Survive Your First Year of College) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 19, 2013
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About the Author
Connor Coyne holds his MFA from the New School. His debut novel Hungry Rats is a second person noir about Flint and the Michigan lumber industry. His work has also been published in Santa Clara Review, Moria Poetry Zine, East Village Magazine, the Flint Broadside, and elsewhere. He lives with his family in Flint, Michigan and maintains a website at connorcoyne.com.
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Shattering Glass by Conner Coyne is one of the most unique reads that a person can read and still grasp the underlying story. The primary focus of the story is four students from various walks of life who begin their first undergraduate years at Arkaic University in the struggling town of Arkaic Michigan. The university is essentially a previously decommissioned asylum, which leads to some unique and fascinating descriptions of architecture that still haunt the school.
The author takes the point of view of the various students and a couple of secondary characters to tell the tale in depth. Fascinating and strange events begin even on the first day of registration and the students will often shrug off or accept these strange events. At first, I was almost put off by the blatant strangeness, but recalling my own undergraduate years, I can see how perception is often held to be determined by the person doing the viewing.
The lives and interactions of Samo (ironically whose name changes after his roommate decides that Samo is more relevant), Ezzie, Monty and Dunya are fun and adventurous-nearly as strange and unique as their own names. Their reactions to things that happen, their perseverance and the constant strange events lead to a fascinating take of the college world and college experiences. The dialogue is structured and strong and the descriptions of strange events makes the reader feel deeply entwined within the story itself.
I must admit, that midway through the story I felt lost and I struggled to find the core root of what was happening, and I feel that this was actually an intentional twist with the way the author interacts with the readers to pull them deeper into the plot. Almost like making it through mid-term the story then picks up in believability and straps the reader back in for another roller coaster ride.
As the story moves along, the reader grasps what is in essence, one of the most colorful and unique stories written, with events that seems so strange and complex, that they could never happen. Upon finishing the book, the author explains the rational for the layout, the various events and the inspiration for the story itself. Suddenly, the events and experiences that the four students have do not seem so obscure. Then, when one takes into consideration previous academic and undergraduate years-the entire story base seems nearly plausible.
If you want to take a break from everyday life and re-experience the first year jubilation, confusion and near insanity that a freshman at a four year university experiences, this is the book to bring those feelings to life!
originally posted at long and short reviews
Calliope Cradle, a dorm in AU, houses Sam, Ezzie, Monty, Dunya, and others. This small group become fast friends and display easygoing and affectionate relationships with solid roots. Magic, mystery, and decades of secrets lurk within the university's walls. At times, I was reminded of the early Harry Potter books, where a tight knit band of friends seek to unravel the secrets that hide in their school.
Dark humour, alliteration, and unique perspectives made this a great read. Step into another world and uncover the truth about Arkaic University for yourself. If you love books with a somewhat philosophical feel, in addition to conspiracies and secret organisations, then Shattering glass may be of interest to you.
Rated 4 stars.