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Title: Rarity from the Hollow
Author: Robert Eggleton
Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing
Published: March 11th, 2012
Wow! In the book description on Amazon it quotes, ‘Imagine Wizard of Oz and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy smashed together and taking place in a hollow in the hills of West Virginia.’ —Adicus Ryan Garton, Editor, AtomJack
What a totally different story, touching on so many issues prevalent in communities today but in a way that makes it more like a science fiction adventure whilst still acknowledging the traumatic impact on the lives of those concerned. The author’s first hand knowledge of people who have suffered in real life is utilised throughout the story, making the unbelievable credible and the strategies used to deny reality for the abused like Lacy Dawn, somehow ‘normal’ behaviour. Lacy Dawn’s life is grim, her abuse by the person who should love and protect her is horrific but she has her own android protector, DotCom . . . sorry, no more spoilers! The characters throughout the story are well developed and complex.
The writing style is engaging but can obviously be somewhat dark. There are some humorous episodes but there’s also horror. There’s abuse but there’s also love. There’s humans and there are aliens. There are some beautiful things and some ugly. The whole thing is a story of contrasts and opposites. It definitely isn’t light or bed time reading, not if you take in what I think the messages in it are. The descriptions of events and emotions are vivid and very easy to relate to, even when you’d rather not! Told from the point of view of eleven year old Lacy Dawn this is definitely not a children’s book.
I think one quote from the book sums up a lot of the story: “I guess sometimes a person becomes what he pretends to be. I pretended that I had a good reason to be mad and I was. Then, I pretended that I wasn’t mad and somehow it went away.” You just have to decide what being mad means and if it applies to you or not! The imagination of this author and his writing style is incredible. The fact that he is also donating all the author proceeds from sales to a local to him charity raising funds to help prevent child abuse is yet another great reason for buying this unique novel. So if you fancy reading a science fiction novel with a young heroine being helped to save the world whilst she needs saving from abuse, a story with humour and darkness and plenty of twists and turns this could be just the book for you!
The author provided a copy of this novel for me to read in exchange for this, my honest review.
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June 2016: Robert Eggleton has kindly answered my questions and provided more information about the charity which he supports to help prevent child abuse in a special post on this blog which you can read here.