segunda-feira, 17 de agosto de 2015

Review: Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat
By B. Bentley Summers

book rate:  (3/5) 

Publisher: Queer Sense Inc.
Date of Publication:  April 28th 2015
Genre: LGBT, Fantasy, Drama
Page Count: 376
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis provided (adapted):

It’s July 4, 2000, in Comer, Alabama. 

Three individuals with ties to torture, murder, and slavery are about to come together in an unexpected way. Old Soj is an African-American woman with family roots to slavery. Supernatural powers emerge for the umpteenth time in her life, and most interestingly, she has a recurring vision of a white thirteen-year-old boy whom she’s never met, telling her to “save the boy.” Warden E.J. Jones is a sadistic, psychopathic man who cruelly reigns over Arm Liom Prison. He and every inmate become mesmerized by a new young arrival known as Punk. 

On July 4, 2000, a powerful evil is awakening that cannot be stopped except by one force. Darkness and light are about to come face-to-face. 


I have a lot to say about this book so make sure you're comfortably seated.

Staring off by addressing what I considered to be the positive aspects of Fresh Meat, the wirting style is good good, very gripping, and the subject dealt with in the book was a great choice and I have to admit: it opened my eyes to some realities I wasn't aware of.

But then what were initially little problems became big ones during my reading experience with Fresh Meat.

It started as soon as the characters began being introduced: why the anagrams? I found them unnecessary and annoying since they made the names of most characters sound unrealistic.

Then a lot of scenes were repeated very often. I know they were repeated dreams or someone having the dream and thinking about the dream or the same scene viewed by different characters, but they were always told the same way. This made me want to skip a few pages many times and I would highly suggest shifting or mixing up things every time you repeat something because otherwise the reader will just find it a bit boring.

Then there is the main character Soj who is a 100% good woman and therefore 100% unrealistic too. I do believe it would have been so great it Soj could have a bit of bad or evil in herself and the book explored how she dealt with it!

And then there is E.J.'s redemption. He got to be redempted because he could have been a good man if not for the childhood traumatic experience he went through. But then so could have other inmates! Throughout the book we read everyone's story and all inmates had a traumatic childhood/juvenile experience that caused them to be the evil people they came to be. But if the waren can get redemption I think the other (or some of the other) inmates could have gotten it too, and not just be condemned like they were.

Overall I just believe Fresh Meat could have been a more interesting read if it had taken under consideratioj that every person has a bit of good and bad within themselves and we should be thaught how to deal with this, not aim to an unreachable ideal.

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