Apocalyptic Organ Grinder by William Todd Rose
I received this ARC Ebook free from Netgalley for my honest opinion.
This is not your typical apocalyptic book. It tells the story of the end of the United States through the eyes of Tanner, Lila and an alternating omniscient narrator.
Tanner is a Sweeper, one of the men responsible for keeping the settlements safe from the infected.
Lila is a Spewer, one of the infected.
Their paths cross in a surprising way as Tanner is outside the settlement.
Between their third person narratives, the omniscient narrator tells the tale of how the apocalypse came to be, how Sweepers and Spewers came into existence out of necessity.
I really enjoyed the different viewpoints and voices each character had, and I especially liked how the omniscient narrator’s tales mixed science and fantasy, as if the tales had past through oral histories so long to cause corruption of the original source. I liked the feeling of loss it gave to the over all story.
This is a horror story, dystopian and very much not a happy ending, but then I suppose that depends on which side you root for. Both sides are gray and have strong reasons for the decisions they make. Unfortunately, because of the world they live in, their beliefs and goals clash and create a no win situation.
It is well-written and quickly pulls you along to the inevitable finish.
My only complaint is some of the internal narrative, especially Tanner’s, is disjointed. He expressed thoughts after the fact without any prelude, making it feel as if he’d added the thoughts and emotions in last minute.
Overall a creepy, realistic look into an apocalyptic future.