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[Review] Spire City, Season One: Infected by Daniel Ausema

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Spire City, Season One: Infected
By Daniel Ausema

Over the years, I have read many books from various authors; and a variety of genres, but never in my 30+ years on this planet have I read a serialized novel before. I’ll admit it, at first, it threw me, and I thought this book just wasn’t for me. However, the way Daniel Ausema crafts his story made me want to continue reading this book, and I was rewarded with an intriguing tale.

Chels is our main character, she is an immigrant orphan girl whose only real family is a bunch of misfits that are brought together by the fact they have all been touched by a virus that turns a regular human into an actual animal. She lives in a world where the rich and the powerful do not care about the poor and the weak and this brings me to an interesting observation about this book. I cannot help, but feel that Daniel Ausema was making some sort of social commentary on our world and society within his fictional world as a lot of elements he touches upon are very relevant in modern society. However, throughout this book I was struggling to find a motive as to why anyone would (one) create such and virus and (two) infect a person with said virus. I felt this was a major flaw in this book; until I realized the antagonist doesn’t have a reason he just does it; because he can. Once, I realized this, it sent a chill down my spine. The antagonist, in my opinion, is clearly psychotic and has delusions of grandeur. A man with a plan is dangerous enough, but a man without one can be absolutely terrifying in my opinion. Once, this realization hit me it blew me away; and the plot just unfolded perfectly for that moment on. But the book doesn’t deviate from its core element that this book is a story about the have and have-not of society and what use is a good man or woman; if he or she is unwilling or powerless to do anything to change the environment around them.

Daniel Ausema has crafted a really interesting tale that is both amazing and terrifying all at once; I can’t help, but be excited by it. One of the really cool things in this book is the flying, and non-flying beetles that are used as modes of transport; they’re really cool, and I want to ride one! Our band of misfits all seemed like really interesting characters. But would have preferred if more time could have been spent on fleshing them out a slightly more. The upper-class characters aren’t written as evil mustache twirling villains; because they’re not. They simply don’t care enough to realize what one twisted individual is doing towards a class of people that the wider population simply doesn’t care enough about to notice their plight.

So, will you, like it? Perseverance is necessary for this book in my opinion; as it does take a while to grow accustomed to the style of the book if you haven’t read anything like this before. But; not only that it’s a slow burner, and I know some people will not like that. However, if you stick with it, then you’re left with a memorable story that will leave you, wanting more. I’m definitely going to recommend this one to my friends. If you enjoyed the book, as much as, I have you really want to read the follow-ups Season Two: Pursued and the upcoming Season Three: Unwoven.

Craig James Lister

Craig James Lister

Describing myself is probably the most difficult thing in the world for me to do. But my main interests include reading, and my favourite genres are Crime, Thrillers, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror.

My other interests include films. I consider myself a film geek and adore films from all countries and all genres from different eras. I have an extensive movie collection.

I wouldn't call it a passion, but I do love cooking. When I'm in the kitchen making a dish I'm at my most peaceful, and I just love it and when I get great feedback from people who are brave enough to eat my meals.

Other hobbies include gaming--mostly open-world, RPG, and MMO's.

I have a keen interest in politics, and I love music.

When I'm not reviewing books for Gallywampus or doing the stuff I've mentioned above, I'm a carer for the elderly which is a very hard job, but also very rewarding.
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