What Thing Had Escaped by Winston Emerson
A very stylistic narrative with a dark, gritty feel to it.
Survival is a daily struggle for Eugene and Darryl, who walk the filthy, crowded streets of Louisville searching for a day’s work or an abandoned house to loot for salable goods. Though Darryl has a job catering to an elderly rich man who lives in a private suburb lined with stone walls and razor wire, his wage barely feeds him, much less Eugene.
Then one evening there’s a knock on the door and a mysterious man in a suit tells Darryl he’s just inherited the entire fortune of his employer.
The two are quickly whisked away into a life of luxury, peace, and pleasures they never imagined, and as Darryl gets more and more involved with the company in which he now owns a large share, Eugene stumbles upon a shocking discovery: a teenage girl, locked away in a secret room in his and Darryl’s new mansion.
And the story of how she got there uncovers a horrible truth about what the world has become.
What Thing Had Escaped is a dystopian serial novel in five parts.
Review by J. Eric Laing:
A very stylistic narrative with a dark, gritty feel to it. I’m not sure how to feel about the main character, Eugene. Compared to Darryl, he seems to have more of a conscience, but at the same time he relies upon Darryl for survival.
The story takes you to some dark corners of the city, including dens of drunks and addicts nearly killing themselves with some kind of synthetic super-drug.
Part One ends at just the right place to leave me eager for the next installment.
Review by Stephanyb3636:
This has topped my list of serial books and I will be buying everything in the series as soon as it comes out! The world in which the brothers live is sad and intriguing at the same time.
Certain chapters made me physically cringe but there was no way I could stop reading! While the style of writing is new to me (certain conversations were a little hard to follow) I honestly do believe Mr. Emerson is brilliant. My favorite line in the book literally made me pause and ponder my own existence ….. it reads as follows :
“Needs demand wants though some wants want for needing and even Daryl who carries nothing and wants everything must wonder which want is the fabric of subterfuge for the self and the soul ”
If I could give this book 10 stars I would…..please write more!