— Shaun Hamill, author of A Cosmology of Monsters
Blending the dark humor of ...more
This is a novel, that won't be for everyone across the board, and I believe most readers will either love it or hate it. Sean Adams has used satire (might I add successfully) as the basis for telling this creative character driven storyline. Satire, like sarcasm is not for everyone. I love it, however you may hate it. It doesn't make either ...more
Did not finish at 43%. I really tried to get into this one. Really. And maybe it got better, but after almost half of the book, I no longer had any interest in finding out. Honestly the book was just boring. Nothing was really happening. The...more
So, this book went in a very different direction that I assumed it would. To be fair, I don't necessarily always have any decent grasp on where I think things are headed, so we won't hold that againstThe Heap.But I feel like it's worth mentioning, anyway. I guess I assumed, based on the technical prowess of Los Verticalés, that we were going to be in some kind of future setting ...more
Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of The Heap in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.
The Heap is a character-driven, immensely satirical, and wholly original debut that had me thumbing through pages quicker than ConductionSens shovels can alert you to live electrical currents. Adams uses a mix of present-day storytelling and pre-collapse glimpses of life in the Vert to provide a ...more
That being said, the weirdness was delectable. A mega-skyscraper where people live as in a city? That's got ...more
The premise of this book, which pulled me in, was also what left me a bit disappointed. The characters' development throughout left me wanting a bit more. Orville had the most development, with the other characters, especially the secondary characters like Terrence and the boss, coming off as mere filler. My favorite parts of the book were the random chapters marked from the earlier years that gave you a ...more
I don't know . . . I was excited when I picked it up. It sounded really cool, but it never did anything. The stuff about the apartment complex before it fell was the most interesting, but it was so disjointed that it ended up adding nothing to the story.
Before getting too far, it really just became this guys denunciation of the world. Capitalism is the problem, woman are perfect, blah. blah. blah. Not even done creatively, but slapped in the reader's face in the first two-dozen pages.
The story contains several facets: brothers searching for each ...more
Los Verticalés was a massive high rise housing complex in the desert. Towering nearly 500 stories tall, the complex collapsed into what is called "the Heap," a pile of rubble covering 20 acres. A community of Dig Hands now live nearby in CamperTown. In exchange for digging gear, a rehabilitated bicycle, a tiny trailer, and a small living stipend, Dig Hands ...more
Unfortunately the execution just didn't work for me. While the blurb already revealed the story would take place in the rubble of "The Vert," I was hoping for some glimpses of life inside this massive structure. ...more
It's really more like a 3.5 stars from my standpoint. The pacing of the book is a slow build where you actually get a chance to like the characters. As the book progresses the pacing picks up. The flow of the book was really great and nothing seemed to be extraneous information. There is some good humor scatter throughout the book but for the most part I would classify it as dystopian and a bit cyberpunkish ...more
Despite some of the crazy circumstances and the ridiculousness of the evil voice actors, it was just kinda slow. All of the things that were so wild about the situation were treated so mundanely that they stopped being interesting to me. Even the mysteries couldn't hold me. The plot twists just... weren't. The characters seemed to be missing the obvious nefariousness just by ...more
This wasn’t a bad book by any means, but it wasn’t amazing either. I think would’ve fathered a short tv series based on the material. I really enjoyed the humor, and the story was decent. The setting and the ideas behind Los Verticales was just ok. It actually didn’t feel terribly important to the actual story. The brief likened it to Black Mirror, but it felt more like a simple brutish comedy.
It was a fun read, with some twists and turns but ultimately wasn’t all that memorable. That ...more