Saturday, March 23, 2019

Review: Screechers: A Post-Apocalyptic Novella

Author: Kevin J. Kennedy, Christina Berling
Started reading: March 14th 2019
Finished the book: March 17th 2019
Pages: 88
Genres: Horror, Apocalyptic
Published: March 6th 2019
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.41
My score:
In the apocalyptic fallout of the burned world, the screecher is a massive beast evolved to kill and built for survival. One screecher abandons its home among the crushed remnants of a city and moves to explore the wider world. Unbeknownst to it, one of its surviving nephews decides to tag along.
Far away, across the dusty sand dunes, three men flee the smoldering ashes of their community along with their regrets, looking for a new place to survive.
These two stories, of screechers and humans, alternate and dance around each other before the creatures and men intersect and weave into one story.

My thoughts
I read everything I can get my hands on by Kevin J. Kennedy. I was very curious about this short story, because I usually read books that he puts together with short stories from other authors in it. This was a gory, creepy book and I loved all the different post-apocalyptic creatures.

  • Writing: The writing was so pleasant to me. I could easily rush through, there wasn't any unnecessary writing. The story flowed and the way it was put together was enjoyable. Also the aspect that we read from the peoples POV and the monsters POV was nice.
  • Monsters: All these different, crazy, scary monsters were well described. I could easily picture them and I liked how they were very big, smart or strong. Also the fact that they had body parts from different animals was cool.
  • Battle: Whoop! The final battle was chaotic and crazy and a bloodbath. It was gory and I liked every bit of it. Especially the way it was ended was so cool and I would have never come up with that myself.
  • Deaths: No one is spared, no one is safe. There are a lot of people dead already since it's post-apocalyptic, but the survivors are never safe. I like that in books, that no one is safe. It keeps me on edge and it gives me a thrill.
  • Short story: One of my quirks is that it's hard for me to get involved in books when they're shorter. I did highly enjoy this book, but the shorter stories are harder for me to give 5 stars.
Kevin J. Kenned has proven to me that he is able to write good books. I would definitely read other books by him and I would also read longer books. The writing style was great and the creative monsters and battles he and his co-writer came up with, were awesome!
I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes gory horror, crazy monsters and anything post-apocalyptic.

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