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REVIEW : Haze by Brandon J. Barnard

Afficher l'image d'origineHaze - Brandon J. Barnard

Publisher : Nihilism Productions (March 21st 2016)

Genres : Psychological Thriller

Pages : 154

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Haze is the story of Jack Decker, an art school dropout who has to face his repressed memories in a post-apocalyptic London. It was just another workday when he saw that girl wanting to stuff her face with doughnuts from across the room. Who knew that this event would start it all

Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book.

Reading Haze feels like going into the cold water of the sea. You slowly acclimate to it and at the moment you start to feel comfortable, you're thrown into a freezing shower.

After reading the summary, I was intrigued, I had no clue at what to expect and I think it's better that way.

At first, I was unimpressed. The writing is deceiving. Simple but very efficient. I found some comparisons pretty funny and I liked how the author balanced the story. I was fooled because of the normality of the situation (except for the fact that it's post-apocalyptic of course). The main character is relatable but not remarkable. Just an ordinary guy living his life, I had no idea where this story was going.

Then, the girl with donuts came up and before I knew it I was entranced. I had to keep reading. I had to find out what the hell was going on. It raises curiosity but no frustration.

I made up some theories in my head (all wrong... As usual) but I don't think you can predict it.

I would've liked more dialogues though. I think I would've felt more invested if the main characters' interactions were more detailed. And I have a few questions unanswered, unfortunately.

Anyway, I finished the story feeling hazy (Yes, I did it), I've read the last chapter twice before I could process what happened.

If you're looking for something short but intense and mysterious, Haze is your go to.

                 

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