Johanna Raines, girlfriend of Stephen and recipient of a new cornea via transplant, is getting to see the world through new eyes....literally. The first sights she takes in, the subway....and a man getting his arm taken off. Yep, oh what you won't see in a subway. Better still? Just after the accident, she sees a dark shadowy specter seemingly taking over the fallen man's body. (One word for you...CREEPY!) Johanna can't believe her eyes...or can she? Is she going crazy or is something bigger at work here? She needs to get a handle on things and fast because whatever it is, it's spreading and taking her loved ones is just step one. Step two leads us to people in positions of power...
I have to say, when I began reading this book, I had flashbacks to the not-so-long-ago movie baring a similar (yet shortened) title and starring one Jessica Alba (if you haven't figured it out yet...it's The Eye). No, I didn't see the movie, but most of the previews nowadays show almost the entire film before you even see the show (why is that exactly…can anyone tell me?) making it easy to draw the comparison on the surface. I mean all the key elements are there, almost identical...but it's the 'almost' aspect that carries this book to an ending of its own design.
Johanna’s ability to see these evil minions (as you may have figured out) stems from her newly gained sight, though why is revealed much later in the book. Though somewhat under developed history wise, her character makes up the slack in determination and direction. She knows what she needs to do and carries through despite the obstacles stacked in her way. I did not however appreciate the character’s thoughts on a stray dog she runs into at (of course) the most inopportune time. He’s tough, hard, and okay, he sounds a bit viscous, but he didn’t just turn out that way as Johanna insinuates. The text clearly states he had “battle scars” so I’m more for he turned that way because of the life he has led or rather the kindness he was never shown.
One moment he’s checking her out, the next he’s undecided on their relationship. One second finds him over reacting to a simple question Johanna asks and then with a turn of the head he’s professing his love. It was a bit dizzying at times but certainly made his ending a bit more satisfying (go Johanna!). As for the demon cast, what can I say? They were evil for certain and not above taking each other out to get to the top. I think a little more planning on their part would have went a long way, but who really wants them to win…you know?
Story wise, it certainly sits on the darker end of the fiction spectrum. Once again I warn any kiddos or younger teens reading this review skip this one til you’re a bit older, kay? The creepy factor is certainly dialed up as is the vileness. They are demons after all so their actions were to be expected. The ending wasn’t predictable per se, but it also wasn’t really a surprise. I mean you couldn’t guess exactly how things would turn out and there were certainly a few twists that you didn’t see coming, but as they were unfolding it wasn’t hard to guess how it would all turn out.
My sworn enemy of repetitive phrases surfaced once again, but not so much so that it overshadowed the story. The writing did not have a uniquely remarkable quality to me, but it did hold my attention enough to want to know what happened to the characters or at the very least how the book ends. It wasn’t a struggle to finish; it just wasn’t a “need” either.
In short, if you’re looking for a book to pass a few hours and delve into the darker side of world domination where good might not triumph over evil…AND you’re an older teen or adult reader…certainly one to take a look at. Here’s a little bit more about the author from his brief bio for your reading pleasure…
About the author:
Kult was optioned for film by Gharial Productions.
Visit the author's site at: http://www.shaunjeffrey.com
Ebook for review courtesy of author Shaun Jeffrey. (THANKS!) For more information, be sure to check out the author's website. The edition reviewed is available via Smashwords in a variety of formats for instant download...should you be in looking for your next read.
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