About The Book:
- 25 Perfect Days
- by Mark Tullius
- Category: Dystopian / Science Fiction
- Publisher: Vincere Press
- Published March 15th 2013
- Rating: 4/5
- Received From: Vincere Press for an honest review
A totalitarian state doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a slow, dangerous slide. 25 Perfect Days chronicles the path into a hellish future of food shortages, contaminated water, sweeping incarceration, an ultra-radical religion, and the extreme measures taken to reduce the population.
Higher taxes, strict gun control, an oppressive healthcare system. Complete media control, genetically modified food, experimentation on citizens. The push of depersonalizing technology, unending wars, government sanctioned assassinations. Is this collection of stories merely science fiction or soon to be fact? Are these policies designed for the greater good or disguised to benefit a chosen few at the expense of the masses? Is this brave new world the best we could do or part of a sinister grand plan?
Through these twenty-five interlinked stories, each written from a different character’s point of view, 25 Perfect Days captures the sacrifice, courage, and love needed to survive and eventually overcome this dystopian nightmare.
This starts and I was just sitting there thinking, WHAT?!!
It’s intense from the get go. Enjoyable, is that the right word for reading about death and mayhem? But to the point, as a fan of the horror genre, this is right up there! I love a good dystopian and this one was definitely dystopian but also had a bit of horror so subtle in ways that you wouldn’t even know it until you get into the more gruesome parts.
The beginning chapter really sets the stage. Each chapter is it’s own world and although this could be considered short stories all set together, I’m thinking it’s just one book without a central character. The upside is that I was really surprised and quite impressed at Mark’s way of creating this world and these characters. However, there is never a feeling of love for any one character. A bit of this is almost disjointed BUT once I got my awareness of the character in the chapter, it would all clash together. If it weren’t for that moment of trying to put the details together I think this would be perfect.
And don’t get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The way Mark writes this is genius. It pulled me in even though there isn’t a central character but a line of characters that are related or know each other.
A little Clive Barkerish in his descriptions, Mark is brilliant at writing and I am very curious about his other books! Can’t wait to read more.
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