Very interesting, well worth reading - a revenge story set in the American punk scene, in something like the present day.
Nik, a recovering heroin addict sets out on a road trip to kill a bunch of punk douchebags. For the first couple of chapters it's not explicitly clear what gender Nik actually is. Then it's revealed that Nik has transitioned from a woman and now identifies as a homosexual male.
I felt this added a level of complexity that the novel didn't really need. It was already overflowing with good ideas. Also I felt like the gender issues were only superficially explored. There are pages and pages about heroin, surely the gender-transition deserves a bit more attention? I can't help but think this would have been a tougher/better book if Nik was female all the way through.
The other criticism I have is that the ending is a little of an anti-climax. Throughout the book we have a building up of this Harley character into something like a mythical sociopath, that Nik must confront and defeat. Then we get to the end and surprise - Harley has changed and become a real nice guy. In fact, Nik is the sociopath. There's no final conflict.
What else? I really liked the descriptions of the punk scene. I liked the character of Lori a lot. Some of the murders were quite gratuitous and creative in a good way. In contrast I felt there wasn't anything particularly original about the heroin subplot and I thought Nik blabbed on about it way too much.
I have probably sounded critical so far. However I really liked this book. It caught my attention and I wanted to know what would happen next. One of the best stories I've found on smashwords.
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(reviewed 48 days after purchase)