Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: December 2012
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
NewLand, the last city on Earth after The End. Before The End, the world was on the cusp of widespread adaptation of technologies that should never have been invented. Popular use of teleportation polluted the fabric of time and space. The gifts of a select few meant a whole new world was about to erupt.
After The End, Jon Salt is addicted to feeling. In a world where the remaining populace is drugged into being happy, Jon escapes through his addiction to Sadness and his gift of bringing life to mere thoughts. A shadowy government department has taken an interest in his remarkable abilities and it’s a surreal and strange world that he tries to evade, but his efforts are impeded by his all-consuming obsession over Michelle, the only girl he's ever loved. (Goodreads Synopsis)
This was an interesting read. I found the opening a little strange but soon got into the story, following Jon as he tried to cope with life and conflicting emotions. The early part of the book moved at a good pace, but for me the ending felt a little rushed and wasn't as satisfying as I'd hoped it would be. Perhaps a slightly longer word count would have allowed more characters development and a more substantial ending.
The concept is intriguing, though, and I'd recommend it for fans of dystopia with elements of science mingled with a hint of paranormal. It's a real mix of styles in a way, but it works fairly well.