Edge of End

 

By Suren Hakobyan

 

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Jonathan wakes up in a desert, his past wiped from his head. He’s alone having no clue who and what he is, where he has come from and where he should go. There is only one way–forward when he spots a little town in the distance.

 

Empty streets, old houses, the town seems abandoned. There’s no one to ask for help, there’s nowhere to go. Jonathan wanders the town in search of any sign of life trying to bring his lost memories back, but odd visions haunt him from time to time. Soon Jonathan comes to the realization that he’s moments from death as absolutely evil dwells in the town seeking fresh souls. The seemingly dead town is only outwardly empty.

 

Grey skies, no sun, no days and no nights. The town is stuck in time. With only one entrance and one exit, but the way leading to the exit is filled with creations that Jonathan has never envisioned, even in his worst nightmares.

 

Who is he? Who brought him here? With a female resident–Elizabeth, Jonathan has to work his way through the horrendous town, figure out his past and find the exit.

 

 

What Would You Do?

Reading the synopsis of the book I was really excited to dive into the book. After a few chapters in, I was questioning if I wanted out. The MC John has no memories of his supposed previous life and is trying to figure out what exactly is going on in this town. The writing was solid, although I did notice a few grammatical errors; there weren’t enough to make me tear my hair out like some books. The biggest issue I had with this book was that it was approximately 90% descriptive and 10% dialogue. I love 1st person POV because I can get into the character’s head, however dialogue to me is equally important. The description of the town was very in-depth without being too detailed, as were the action sequences. However, I just personally enjoy a lot of good dialogue between my characters. I think the synopsis of this book should be tweaked so that readers know what they are getting themselves into; also it may draw an entirely new set of readers.

Suren Fant took the time to explain how the book evolved into this exploration for the reader and how he wanted to cause his readers to stop and explore their beliefs and open up a path of exploration and questions. This book does exactly that. I think he succeeded beautifully in that endeavor. I know throughout the book I was questioning what I would do in this situation, various motivations, subplots, etc. All of this was before I read what Fant was hoping to achieve.

As I stated before, I really want and need dialogue in my books. However, this book did keep pulling me along. It’s a very short read-an hour or under. I wanted to see what happened to John & Elizabeth. I was curious of the motivations of Sam and what would ultimately happen. While personal preference would have me give this a 3 star rating simply because of my own bias, the writing and plot deserve a solid 4. John is developed well as a MC (Elizabeth, not quite as much), the plot is solid, and there are enough twists in the plot that it keeps readers on their toes. I definitely think somehow the synopsis needs to include what Fant explains as his goal at the end of the book. This will attract the right kind of reader and IMO gain him more fans. I believe he has the imagination and talent to do well in this arena.

Lexie1 from Amazon

Redemption Is Possible

A very well developed between worlds horror story with characters that fit very well. I really liked this novel and it was a very quick read. The book reads almost like a Stephen King novel. Some editing does need to be done, but the book does draw you into the action. The author has a good conclusion and we can all learn from the characters in this book. I would highly recommend this book to all lovers of a real good horror story.
I received this book from the author thru Library Thing in exchange for an honest review.

James Phillips from Amazon

Unique and Thought Provoking. A must read!

I received a digital copy of this novel direct from the author. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review your work, Suren Fant.

Jonathan wakes up in the middle of the desert with absolutely no memory of who he is or how he got there. He walks into the only town in sight and finds himself in the middle of a nightmare. The town seems to be abandoned and Jonathon is haunted by troubling visions as he searches for someone who can help him figure out who he is and how to escape the town. He finds himself in a desperate fight with evil in the company of two unlikely friends that he meets along the way.

I absolutely love the concept of the town and what it represents. This story is very unique and still has me pondering the likelihood of a “town” like this truly existing. Even the ideas within the story, like the moving houses and the reasons people ended up in the town, were incredible. It was just a very well thought out story. The final battle was a bit drawn out for my taste but it meshed well with the building up toward the climax of the story.

A fabulous read by a new author for me. Highly recommended.

Paula M from Amazon

 

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