Genre: Paranormal/Dystopian/New Adult
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Dehumanized by Michael Loring: Review and Excerpt
Blurb: Ryan Zachery lived his life the way all high school teenagers should – carefree. Until he was attacked by an unknown assailer and awoke in the hospital with lycanthropy. Taken by armed guards and dragged away from everything he held dear, Ryan was thrown into a US camp made for those ‘suffering’ from lycanthropy. They caged the beast, but now he will show them that he will never be dehumanized.
This book was very different from what I was expecting. The protagonist Ryan Zachery is an exceptionally likable character whom I could easily relate to. His life is a nightmare – inescapable, ongoing, terrifying existence. He, along with many others, is locked up and routinely tortured. Three years earlier he survived a brutal attack but soon became a pariah because during the assault he became infected with lycanthropy. This is his story.
The book revolves around the inmates, guards, and scientists living and working in the internment camp. The living conditions for the afflicted inmates are abysmal. The author excels at painting the picture of abject squalor and hopelessness. There is very little human kindness evident in this horrible place. As I read I could feel the rot, despair and callous disregard for individual rights. Escape is impossible. I kept waiting for a shift, for a hopeful sign but always even the faintest glimmer of change was extinguished by the utter brutality all around. Finally, almost unwittingly Ryan becomes the protector of a small group. Together, they are stronger, but all the odds are against them.
This book kept my attention, but I felt it was too long and drawn out. There was too much rehashing of feelings and events. As expected from the title, overall it was a depressing story. I had a problem with the fact that one well-known scientist could have been so oblivious to so much for so long – that he, too, is infected, and not caged, really strained my capacity to suspend disbelief.
This book appears to be the beginning of a series, and I am looking forward to finding out where the author takes us next.
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
Michael Loring was born in Bristol, Connecticut, but has lived in a variety of places such as Florida and Tennessee. He likes to think of himself as an amateur Lycanthropologist, studying werewolves ever since he was eight years old when he first saw An American Werewolf In London. He spent most of his life switching between home school and public school, always focusing on his passion of writing no matter what. His interest in writing was sparked in the second grade when his teacher encouraged him to write short stories for the class, earning him more than one award at school assemblies for Creative Writing.
He currently resides back in his birthplace of Connecticut with a house full of women who like to drive him up the wall until he finishes his chores. Though they seem to avoid him during the night of the full moon for some unexplainable reason…
Website - http://www.michaelloring.com
The Writers Voice: http://ourbooksourvoice.blogspot.com/
Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Loring/e/B008OACK24/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1374211565&sr=8-2