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There is definitely room for a trilogy here, and I hope that the author will follow-up with at least a sequel. In fact, (if Hollywood made a movie out of this story - but religiously follow the plot), it would be great to see it on the big screen.
Keep on writing, Mr. Robert Brumm. Great job!
The story follows newly 60 year old Henry ('Hank') Reed to his retirement.
Hank is, after passing his physical / psychological evaluations, taken to work at Windigo Soul (I was aware of what a Windigo was before reading this, hence my own attraction to the title and so I suppose I suspected the inevitable). A 'power station' of the most sordid sorts. While working in the boiler room he was assigned Hank witnesses a lewd, immoral act and subsequently has the remaining members of his family threatened. At this point he decides that to do what reportedly none have successfully done before - escape - is the only way to go.
A few fortuitous meetings / events aid hank in his quest. Namely his son-in-law who is an 'Operative'... you know, a State-dog, a hush-hush make 'em quiet kinda suit and tie guy... and a band of rebels.
A tinge of 'Soylent Green', 'The Giver' and a secret totalitarian state with it's own quirks and you get 'Windigo Soul'. My only wish for this book would have been to have seen what would have happened to the State if the sheep weren't so well brain-washed - that includes all the little things that got glossed over (e.g. How the electricity is supplied and where the 'beef' comes from). However, an A in all other regards.
I came into this novella as a fan of Brumm's other work, Desolate, and knowing that people often compared it to the 1966 novel "Make Room! Make Room!" (or Soylent Green, as it was renamed for the film adaptation). I don't think it's nearly as good as either, however. The first quarter of the novella is well written and presents readers to main character Hank Reed and his 60th Birthday predicament. But what happens after his 'retirement' is briskly told to readers as opposed to shown. From that point on, the plot gets very rushed into the second and third act. The latter of which seems more rushed of all. I feel as though Brumm just wanted to be done with the book and wrapped it up as fast as possible, leaving the ending feeling rather rushed, anti-climatic and blandly predictable. It read like a short novelization of a Saturday night popcorn flick, and that's not a good thing.
That being said, the story has promise and given it could have been executed better, I would be happy to re-review it as such, but in the form I was given, "Windigo Soul" just isn't good.
The scary part is that I CAN envision a world where it's the end of the line for people after a certain age: in this case, 60 is that number and it's government-enforced that you are 'put to sleep'. I mean, we already have a world where some nations enforce the number of children born---and some parents murder one sex to keep the preferred.
When you think you've just got a grip on where the story is going, there goes another zinger---something Robert Brumm has a habit of throwing into his incredible storylines and plots.
While this is not a book that will have you nail-biting for days due to length (it's about 160 pages or so), most will not be able to put it down and finally catch their breath at the end of it in one sitting. It's that good.
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