BOOK REVIEW: Haze
by Brandon J. Barnard
Publication date: 21 March 2016
Publisher: Nihilism Production
Goodreads: Haze is the story of Jack Decker, an art school dropout who has to face his repressed memories in a post-apocalyptic London. It was just another workday when he saw that girl wanting to stuff her face with doughnuts from across the room. Who knew that this event would start it all.
I received a free review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Based on the blurb of the book and the author describing it as a psychological thriller, I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Haze. It was an okay read and I enjoyed some parts but overall it just wasn’t for me.
As far as first novels go, it was okay and the writing can be improved on but that’s just something that comes with time and practise.
I loved the world building. We receive snippets of the history all throughout the book, rather than a quick history lesson placed at the start. While it’s post-apocalyptic, it’s set in the not too far future of 2071 and it’s a very potential future for us. A world in which the air is so polluted that we have to wear what are essentially gas masks every time we step outside. the technology is also really cool. you can listen to books just by plugging into a book. There’s also virtual reality, Digital Diving, where you put yourself into a simulation of a time or place.
I can’t reveal too much about the book plot wise because that will take away from the mystery of it all. However, I feel like the story could have used a bit more foreshadowing because the reveal was quite a surprise. I also thought that the title is quite clever now that I’ve read the book.
There’s some romance in the story and I feel like it moved a little too quickly to be realistic but it makes sense why it happens like that later on. Also, I feel like a lot of the side characters could have been developed a bit more, just to give the story that extra layer of depth. The flashbacks throughout the story were great because it helps the reader to understand Jack more.
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