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My Book Review of Summer Frost (Forward collection)

Summer Frost by Blake Crouch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow – Extraordinary!

I’m thunderstruck.

This short story is so powerful and complete to the point that there’s nothing short about it. It consumed me as I hungrily read through the pages. Max fascinated me as much as they did Riley.

What I loved was the journey of discovery. The profound questions asked by both Riley and Max were revealing as well as justified. The subject of gender identification was just as relevant as what makes one human or defining consciousness. It was a very unique look at the world, especially with how things are being redefined in modern society and with some questioning if we might be living in a virtual environment, like Matrix, after all.

What I disliked was the violence Max was born into to. Games and entertainment tend to have this gruesome element, which seems unnecessary to me. I didn’t see is purpose in the world that created Max,but I can see how it could ignite them into wanting a way to escape that reality. The desire to be free from that cruelty was a very humane quality in my estimation.

I highly recommend this book. It will take you on one hell of an adventure, for sure. It was moving, haunting, and just… wow. Yeah, it’s really good – you’ll want to read it!!
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