Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Crossfades: A Dystopian Novella - by William Todd Rose - A bit surreal, but enjoyable

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

"The official description of Crossfades described them as being like that moment in movies where Acts One and Two briefly coexist; they meld into a composite for a moment--both scenes visible, yet semitransparent--but eventually one asserts its dominion over the other and the plot moves on."

Chuck Grainger has a job that is at the same time both a dream and a nightmare.  His official title was Recon and Enforcement Technician, Level II, he thought he'd be some kind of cosmic cop, but now he just feels more like a glorified janitor.

This story is out there, way out there.  Much like Chuck when he's on assignment, trying to guide a soul who's passed on and for whatever reason can't quite cross The Divide.  At times, surreal Crossfades is definitely creepy, and there is also an anomaly that has come up, leading to things getting out of control.  Although above his pay grade, Chuck goes in to try and sort things out, and that's when the trouble really starts.

I really struggled to find the point of the story and it was really only my desire to always finish the books I start to read that kept me going.  In the end, I was glad I did as there was a nice payoff for the reader.

Crossfades is published by Hydra, a Random House imprint and is available only as an ebook.

Recommended if you're feeling adventurous.  I liked it enough to request the sequel Bleedovers which will be released on September 1, 2015.

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