Quickie: If not for the amazing world, the tightly-knit and superbly delineated plot…if not for the have-to-root-for characters, at least check out ROIL by Trent Jamieson because of all of the beasties: terrible, terrifying and believable in equal measures. It’s a read that will grab you and drag you into a rainy world that makes you oh-so-happy to cuddle in your reading chair with a blanket. And tea. Lots of hot tea. For the shivers, of course.
Ever since I stumbled upon Angry Robot, I’ve been checking out their catalog to find that nail-on-the-head read and I found in Trent Jamieson’s ROIL. I’d barely finished the sample before I bought the book. I snuck a few pages between periods of screaming 8th graders, at Braves’ games, in-between reading articles for my term papers. I read it when I could and I didn’t have a choice to do anything else, as it won’t let go once you pick it up.
The plot is deftly handled between a myriad of realistic characters who are integral to the story. What I mean is, the plot’s split between several different characters, but the story is only presented better because of it. You don’t miss a heartbeat and its poignant on so many levels as a result.
The characters themselves are each realistic (and as mentioned before) believable–seemingly painstakingly wrought. You’re in nearly everyone corner and when you’re not–you at least respect the hell out of them for what they endure and how they manage to push forth.
After all, they operate in a world that is slowly (and soon, not so slowly), trig ro devour them. The story spans across a group of city-states that run north to south where the Roil boils over in an “obsidian curtain”: the slow and complete sign that their world is literally being taken over.
And if I haven’t mentioned it yet, Jamieson’s style ties all that dreadful melancholy together in a way that us considerate, sophisticated and makes the reader (or at least me) feel as if when there isn’t a spot of hope, a light in the darkness? It’s the reader who keeps the characters moving. I know that sounds…like The Neverending Story, but every time I picked up my eReader, I felt as if my hope, my belief was pushing Margaret and David (and my favorite of all) Cadell onto a better situation.
I hoped and wished and crossed my fingers until the last line. And I challenge everyone to find out why. It’s the kind of story reviews and synopses and blurbs can’t describe. It must be experienced. And it is just that–an experience, which is why I give it an A+. 100 to be exact.
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