Mysterious author, Jason Werbeloff is at it again! With another book out, he's found a way to mystify and gross you out at the same time! Today he's exploding from about thirty-five (35) blogs, his newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Barnes & Noble- everywhere with this fantastic, new release: Defragmenting Daniel, Fragment 1: The Organ Scrubber and it's just... Wow!
The story is of a dystopian society where those with money are seeking perfection. If an eye goes bad, they can purchase another one. If they broke a hip, they got a new one. If their lungs were damaged from smoking, they got new ones! Yeah- it's easy.
As long as there's someone out there willing to offer up their own.
The world is broken into two societies, the Bubbles and the Gutters. In a world where the elite can have anything they want is where you find Daniel. An orphan who's just turned sixteen. Instead of liking girls and getting his license, he's working in an organ plant on an assembly line. He scrubs organs, a disgusting process, for a living. He's been working since twelve and all he wants is a better life. A well-rounded life, like everyone else- but he's incomplete. He may never be whole again because in order to survive as a ward of the state, he's had to give up certain particulars, like the rest of the destitute . These particulars are what those who dwell in The Bubble desire.
It's only when he sets out to find his mother that he discovers what the world is really like. Maybe being an indentured servant was better? Maybe finding a group of people who believe in being complete, like 'The Gods' demand, is the better way? But how can Daniel ever find his place in the world- the Bubble, if he's literally spread all over it?
This story kept me going for a couple of reasons. It was gross and it was good. It put me in mind of A. I: Artificial Intelligence - you remember that movie? About the boy android that was abandoned and sought a way to become human (Pinocchio Syndrome)? I felt so badly for Daniel that I wanted to cuddle him. I saw him as that little, blonde Haley Joel Osment and it worked well. The story wanted to be emotionally powerful but the yuck in between held me off, but not negatively. The coarseness kept me rooted in the reality of the tale. When Gepetto, the shop owner told Daniel, "Bad place..." he wasn't kidding!
The story has a purpose, it's not just gore, masked by an adorable face. There's something that spoke to me, even in the violence. The world is an ugly place and sometimes the ugliness grows within us- coming out in a manner that's shocking but a useful tool. Sounds insane I know, but the only way you'll come to understand is if you pick up the book. If you're squeamish, or faint of heart, you may want to stay away. But if you can handle Mad Max meets a weirded out Re-Animator in the setting of World War II, then this is for you. You'll enjoy it to pieces... Pieces!
Rating: 👓👓👓👓out of 5 specs
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**Book from author, Jason Werbeloff for an honest review.
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