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Though the narrator early on warns the reader that "after all, this is not a fairy tale", the description of the place where most of the action takes place, Novgorod / Warwick, does use elements from traditional fairy tales, thus allowing the narrative to be placed in both a universal and imaginary context. The fact that the same place has two names is also interesting in the sense that it points at dualism and possible deceit. W1CK is not so much a "fairy" tale as a cautionary tale.
Conflicts unfolding in Warwick mirror and parallel conflicts going on everywhere else in the USA: Warwick is the Trojan Horse, the starting point, the "wick" that, through capillary action, draws "war" to itself and the rest of the world. The town of Warwick stands as an allegory of conflict, a microcosm reflecting a macrocosm, a war within a war, like a Russian (!) doll in a clever mise en abîme motif.
What I find particularly clever about Mr Bunker's writing, and what makes me really, strongly love each and every word he writes, is that nothing happens by chance, no action is done or described at random for cheap thrills. True to Anton Chekhov's gun theory, if one thing is mentioned at some point, it will have an impact on the story later on. One amazing example is Klaus Von Baron's parachute jump: by parodying Felix Baumgartner's own feat, it is meant as a criticism of our crazy world, but it actually goes way beyond that...
There is so much food for thought in W1CK that one's head starts to spin while reading. It's crazy the way you like what you read for the action itself, while realizing there is so much more behind. There are multiple layers of reading. The conflict going sour in Warwick is a reminder of Nietzsche's concept of eternal return: Man is condemned to repeat, over and over again, the same mistakes, as if the lessons of the past were forgotten after one or two generations. Like Freud pointed out, Men will go to great lengths to break their chains, only to throw themselves directly into something worse. W1CK is a real study of human nature.
It is human to err. Many of Bunker's characters have to make important, literally life-altering choices along the way. One bad move can be fatal, which explains why important characters can die if they don't choose wisely. Poetic justice is at work, and there is no need to blame the author for killing a character you liked...
On the contrary, good choices can really save. In that light, the characters are authors themselves, creating their own fate step by step. During a conversation about art and creation, four characters decide to change their names, which is a highly symbolical act of free will, decision and creation. They are virtually recreating themselves, like a rebirth. They are also treating themselves like a story, a book, that can be modified, made different or better. It is not by accident that after the process, Vasily is referred to as "The newly-titled Lang"...
In that context, Michael Bunker is the omniscient overseer, the creator, ... a literary God in his own way? That may be going a little far, but he has nonetheless created one hell of a W1CKed world all by himself, which I really do worship at the moment.
Without giving away too much, this story is set is a small town of people isolated from the rest of the country. There is a storm coming in the first book that breaks loose in this book. The storm threatens to tear apart everything the people of this town hold near and dear, while at the same time allowing the reader to see how this storm can be enlarged to the next level of taking down an entire country and even civilization.
This is a powerful, though provoking book that you won't want to put down.
It was a little hard to determine whether or not the 4 WICK books were was it all started, but that's where I started....
Storytelling is still good, the story is exciting and parts of it (the Charm School) so creatively thought of that it could almost have been possible.
In brief; highly recommended if you like to read a good story, inevitably making you reflect what would happen if the world we know came to an abrupt cut off.
In this book, Mr. Bunker takes the reader deeper into the lives of how and why the Charm School came about and its purpose. Although the 'take over' plan continues in this second part, it soon begins to dissolve in its intentions and Mikail soon realizes his days are numbered...unless, ah yes, unless he can persuade Vladamir and Sergie to follow him and convince them to assist in executing his escape plan.
Vasily and Pyotr devise a plan for their escape, but not before Vasily tries to help others understand what's going on. Vasily returns to Pyotr's home, with two unlikely followers who desire to escape the town. As the town begins to fall under violent terms, a new regime forms, and the reader soon realizes that all is not what it seems.
Don't miss this second part to a great series.
WICK 2: The Charm School is a dynamic thought-provoking sequel to WICK 1. In his usual writing style, Michael Bunker provides food for thought alongside his well-constructed storyline. Mr. Bunker has a way of looking at the past and hurling it into the future, creating possible scenarios using unforgettable characters and situations that boggle the mind.
If you know or have heard anything about EMPs, this book will give you a taste of that reality, and show you what it would be like trying to live through the end of the world as we know it. Contains practical survival information, philosophies on life, man, and freedom, this book grabs at the attention of the reader. Includes appendix containing an essay on EMP realities.