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Sick B*stards: A Novel of Extreme Horror, Sex and Gore Paperback – June 10, 2014
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The main character wakes up in a post apocalyptic world after a nuclear blast and he has no idea who he is. No name, no date of birth, no society he can reach in a dense wood. He is living with an older man, an older woman, and a young adult woman. There is only a family picture of them in the truck outside their cabin to show them that they are a family.
This book is a series of flashbacks mixed with present day events that weave this tale together for the reader. Though we are dropped right in the middle of an already unfolding story, every few pages we go back to the past, and that helps us to understand what's going on. The elements of this story are the very basics in depravity: lust, incest, murder, rape, etc. This family is fighting their basest urges and protecting themselves against mutations outside their home.
I did not like this book at all. The characters are inhuman in the least. The storytelling was actually fairly good, but the subject matter and the all hope is lost ending left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I actually wanted to quick reading several times but the fact that this book was so short is the only thing that allowed me to keep reading. I give Sick Bastards a 2 out of 5 stars and only because I thought the writing style worked and the author did warn me that I mignt not like it. The very fact this thing was written was an offense to me. Some things just need to stay in people's heads. But at the same time, the finale of the book makes a great point into human psyche. I will leave it to you to decide...
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After failing to entice his sister to abandon their parents and join him in a quest to find other survivors, he leaves alone. What he finds, and the decisions he makes, form the shocking climax of the book.
Yes, there are copious amounts of blood and gore and kinky sex in Sick B*stards. But what sticks with me most is the unique apocalypse and the poignant inner turmoil experienced by the viewpoint character as he tries to find ways to cope with a reality that has become unbearable and with his own moral degeneration. This is an original and powerful story with sympathetic characters, and I was compelled to keep turning the pages to find out what would happen next. A very enjoyable reading experience that will lead me to explore more of Matt Shaw's work.
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