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Review From Fantascize.com
January 12, 2013
Dark Application: ONE, by Brian Krogstad and Lindsey Waterman, is a horror novel about a geeky college guy named Luke Jeffers who downloads a mysterious paranormal software called the Dark Application, an interesting concept which becomes the cause of the sinister events that make this novel feel like a roller-coaster ride -Fast-paced, suspenseful, and fun-to-read.
Set in the fictional Brafferton Community College in Christanna, Virginia, the novel opens up with a dramatic prologue that teases readers with the disaster that's about to happen five months later -A catchy introduction that would make you question, "What the hell is happening?"
The modern-day American college setting feels familiar; College students would be able to relate to the experiences of Luke and his buddies: Chris and Amit -From house parties to mundane science classes. The authors did a great job making the campus as authentic as Tom Wolfe's novel I Am Charlotte Simmons. The earlier scenes of the novel give us that laid-back feel which serves as a magician's veil that teases us with the anticipating chaos of Luke's supernatural technology. Luke's reactions to the forces that haunt him would thrill us into a maze of shock, wonder, amusement, and even laughter. There's a nice touch of comedy in this story: college humor with sexual spice mostly heard in conversations with Chris, who always talks about girls.
Although there are some scenes in college classes that actually makes me feel like I'm back at the University because of its authentic imagery, the story is more focused on the social life of college rather than the academic. But that does not mean that the experience is void of science and knowledge; in fact, with the fascinating and detailed descriptions of computers, social media, and technology, the novel feels realistic in a chilling way. From Luke's download of the Dark Application to the strange vibrations of his mobile: The subtle atmosphere of horror is crawling with fear, and sometimes, that fear suddenly pops out in the most unexpected scenes, which I'm not going to spoil.
Luke's vulnerability would make readers cling to his story with sympathy-How he is romantically interested with Amy, a girl-next-door sorority-type who's involved with jerks instead of intellectual badasses like him. Sounds like a typical college girl, right? And where there's booze, there's sex -The novel is clear with that, but the sex scenes are not visually graphic, so it feels more like American Pie than Brazzers. The story was a fun read, but there are some issues I wanted to point out: the small-talk dialogue, at times sounds cheesy, and some descriptions are topped with excess adjectives.
Nonetheless,"Dark Application: One" is a cake of pleasure whipped with a layer of pain. The story may feel like an average college party at first, but soon, things become more interesting, especially when the power of the "Dark Application" causing problems, and at this point of the novel, it feels like Donny-Darko spiced with Death Note-A unique psychological-thriller/horror mix that rivals the concept of Stephen King's novel Cell.Although there are down-times in between times of conflict, the pace feels fast. There is a scene near the climax that's intense-Crank-style, adrenaline-rushed, page-turner that fuels readers with more mysterious questions. And there's even an Inception-feel by the end of the novel with its unresolved plots, so it seems that we will learn more about the mystery in its sequels.