This long novella or short novel is gripping reading. It is the sort of book that can hold one spellbound until rather too long past one's accustomed bedtime. The subject matter is very dystopian with a less than everything turns out okay ending. I felt that there was just enough hope left that civilization would recover and that madness could be worked through, but the last pages don't exactly leave a cuddly warm feeling. My opinion is that Grixti could have taken the book further. Most certainly the ending still leaves much potential, so quite possibly there is an intention to revisit the characters.
The few editing errors were of no hindrance to my reading. The whole story was well written with very well maintained tension. As in many films, every so often the lack of accurate shooting from the bad guys stretched to implausible. This was also true of their occasional lack of eyesight. Overall the storyline was so powerful that I was quickly able to overlook these details. I would certainly seek out more of Grixti's writing when searching for gripping reads. An exciting film script could certainly be made from this adventure, especially if a certain female character stepped back into the story to save Lionel from his ghosts. That sort of Hollywood ending is left as a possibility for readers to conjure should they choose.

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